Emsisoft Released Bug Fix for Bitcoin-Ransoming Malware WannaCryFake

Software company Emsisoft introduced a bug fix for the bitcoin-ransoming malware WannaCryFake. 

Revealed on September 25 in a blog entry, the free software will help recuperate encrypted files without dealing with information loss.

Unlike genuine crypto-mining ventures, ransomware is based on coercion to receive a reward. Ransomware attacks grew 118 percent in 2019, rising to 504 new dangers per minute, in the first quarter, as indicated by a McAfee report.

WannaCryFake is a variation of the notorious WannaCry ransomware that targeted Microsoft computers in 2017. It locks unfortunate victims’ documents utilizing AES-256, or the advanced encryption standard.

An infected target will get a message that states:

“You have to pay for decryption in bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the tool that will decrypt all your files.”

Exploited people are told to contact the ransomware perpetrators through ProtonMail or Telegram, and are then given steps on how to send bitcoin via Pidgin.

The malware additionally cautions, “Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.”

Once downloaded, the Emsisoft Decryptor utilizes the encrypted file and the original unencrypted variant to sort out the keys required to decrypt locked information. Since the protocol utilizes filename extensions to decide the encryption parameters, clients are told not to rename their documents.

Emsisoft’s product enables clients to track the decryption procedure by utilizing the Save Log button.

Aside from growth in bitcoin ransoming malware, crypto-jacking schemes are 29 percent in the first half of 2019, despite the trouble in mining because of bitcoin’s increasing hash rate.