The Zqqw Ransomware is a new malware threat that has been released in the wild. Zqqw is classified as a variant from the STOP/Djvu malware family. As such, it lacks any major improvements and its functionality is consistent with that of the other threats from the family. The aspect that differentiates the threat from the other variants is the extension it uses to mark each encrypted file - '.zqqw.' Victims of Zqqw Ransomware will no longer be able to access most of their personal or business-related files. Documents, images, photos, archived, databases, etc. will all be locked with an uncrackable encryption algorithm. Users will then be extorted to pay a ransom to the hackers if they want to receive the required decryption key.
The threat delivers its instructions for the victims inside text files named '_readme.txt.' These files will be distributed among all folders on the compromised system that contain encrypted data. According to the ransom note, the hackers responsible for Zqqw Ransomware want to receive the sum of $980 for their decryption tool and key. If, however, victims establish communication in the first 72 hours, the cybercriminals promise to lower the price to $490. Victims are also allowed to send a single locked file that will supposedly be decrypted for free. The ransom note mentions two email addresses that can be used for this purpose - the main one is Vhelpteam@mail.ch' while the reserve address is 'email@example.com'
The full set of instructions dropped by Zqqw Ransomware is:
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that’s price for you is $490.
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