Threat Database Ransomware Zipp3rs Ransomware

Zipp3rs Ransomware

The Zipp3rs Ransomware encrypts the files found on the devices it breaches, rendering them unusable. The threat appends the names of the impacted files with a '.zipp3rs' extension. For instance, if the original filename is '1.png,' it will appear as "1.png.zipp3rs", while '2.pdf' will show up as '2.pdf.zipp3rs,' and so on. Afterward, the ransomware delivers two ransom notes - one in a new pop-up window and one inside a text file named 'HOW TO DECRYPT FILES.txt.' Both ransom-demanding messages are written in Portuguese, and their text is identical.

The Zipp3rs Ransomware Extorts Victims for Money

The ransom note dropped by the Zipp3rs Ransomware informs victims that their files and backups have been encrypted. The note includes a deadline for victims to contact the attackers to obtain the decryption keys. Additionally, the message warns victims not to rename or delete the encrypted files. Typically, ransomware threats warn that such actions could lead to permanent loss of data. The Zipp3rs Ransomware leaves a single email address - '' to its victims as a way to reach the cybercriminals.

It is rare for victims to recover their locked files without the involvement of the attackers. However, decryption is not guaranteed even if the ransom demands are met. In fact, victims often do not receive the promised decryption keys or software, despite paying the threat actors. Thus, paying the ransom is strongly discouraged, as it only further supports the criminal activity.

To prevent further encryption of files by the Zipp3rs Ransomware, it is essential to remove it from the operating system. However, removing the malware will not restore the encrypted files.

Safeguard Your Data and Devices from Ransomware Threats

Users can protect their devices and data from ransomware infections by implementing a multi-layered security approach that includes various measures such as keeping the operating system and software up-to-date, using reliable anti-malware software, avoiding suspicious emails and attachments, using strong and unique passwords, backing up important data regularly, and educating themselves on safe browsing habits.

It also is essential to be cautious when downloading software and updates from unverified sources and to avoid visiting untrustworthy websites. Additionally, users should exercise vigilance when interacting with pop-up messages and links, especially those that urge them to download or install software and consider using ad-blockers or browser extensions that block unsafe advertisements and scripts. Finally, suppose the worst happens, and a user's device becomes infected with ransomware. In that case, they should not pay the ransom and immediately seek professional assistance to minimize the damage and attempt to recover their data.

The full text of the Zipp3rs Ransomware ransom note in its original language (Portuguese) is:

'Todos Dados/Backups foram criptografados
a unica forma de obter os dados em seu perfeito estado
entrar em contato no Email:
prazo max para o contato 09/05/2023 12:00 ID-424316
(N = NãO)

- N delete arquivos trancados

- N não renomeie os arquivos trancados .zipp3rs

- N não poste esta mensagem em nenhum site
nem denuncie pois podem bloquear este email.'


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