Threat Database Ransomware XYZware Ransomware

XYZware Ransomware

By GoldSparrow in Ransomware

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 80 % (High)
Infected Computers: 41
First Seen: February 21, 2017
Last Seen: February 2, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The XYZware Ransomware is a ransomware Trojan that is part of a large family of encryption ransomware Trojans known as Hidden Tear. These ransomware Trojans are based on an open source ransomware engine by the same name that has spawned countless encryption ransomware variants due to its widespread availability. The XYZware Ransomware carries out a typical encryption ransomware attack that involves encrypting its victims' files using a strong encryption algorithm and then demanding the payment of a ransom in exchange for the decryption key or program. It is necessary to take precautionary measures against the XYZware Ransomware and similar ransomware Trojans to limit the damage they can do to your files.

The Unoriginal Name of the XYZware Ransomware

There are many variants of the XYZware Ransomware, all belonging to the Hidden Tear family of encryption ransomware Trojans. In its current state, the XYZware Ransomware is incomplete since it is not being distributed actively and seems to lack some features that finished encryption ransomware usually has. Once installed, the XYZware Ransomware will use a combination of the AES and RSA encryption algorithms to make the victim's data inaccessible. The use of an email address associated with Indonesia has made some PC security researchers suspect a connection between the creators of the XYZware Ransomware and that country. After encrypting the victim's files, the XYZware Ransomware will display a message on the victim's computer's Desktop, which contains the following message:

'There is no way to decrypt without private key and decryption program. You can buy the private key and the decryption program just for 0.2 BTC (Bitcoin). You have 48 hours to buy it.'

The XYZware Ransomware ransom note tells the victim to contact the email address to receive payment instructions. However, PC security researchers strongly advise computer users to avoid paying the XYZware Ransomware ransom. In many cases, the people responsible for attacks like the XYZware Ransomware will ignore the victim's payment or simply ask for more money after the payment has been carried out. Furthermore, paying the XYZware Ransomware ransom allows con artists to continue executing these attacks, financing their activities and creating additional ransomware Trojans. Although in its current form it is not possible to recover the files affected by the XYZware Ransomware without the decryption key, malware researchers have in the past been successful in creating decryption programs to help computer users recover from other Hidden Tear variants, meaning that it is entirely possible that a decryption program for the XYZware Ransomware will be released eventually.

Dealing with Encryption Ransomware Trojans Like the XYZware Ransomware

The most common way in which encryption ransomware Trojans are distributed is through the use of corrupted file attachments contained in spam email messages. These email messages may use phishing techniques to trick computer users into opening them, often impersonating a bank, a social media platform, or an online company of some sort to trick computer users into opening the corrupted file attachment. Because of this, computer users are strongly advised to handle unsolicited email attachments carefully and avoid opening them without being fully aware of their contents. A security program should be used to monitor all online activity to intercept threats like the XYZware Ransomware before they are installed on a computer.

To fully protect yourself from threats like the XYZware Ransomware, PC security researchers strongly advise computer users to have backups of all files. Having regular file backups will limit the damage from an attack like the XYZware Ransomware and make computer users completely invulnerable to the kind of extortion used by the XYZware Ransomware and similar ransomware Trojans. If computer users can use their file backups to restore any of the files encrypted during the XYZware Ransomware attack, then the people responsible for the attack lose any leverage they have over computer users to demand the payment of a ransom. Unfortunately, it is not possible to decrypt files affected by the XYZware Ransomware currently.


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