CERT India Issues Warning Against Locky Ransomware Attack

Indian cycberspace is again under threat from another evil Ransomware ‘Locky’. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has escalated a full page warning citing the possible cyber attack from Locky ransomware in India.

CERT Warning Against Locky Ransomware Attack

Locky, the most dreaded ransomware like Petya or WannaCry intrudes into user’s system, encrypts important files and then demands hefty money to encrypt the data and release it back to the normal. Locky analyzes the most important files of a system and then asks for individual ransom for the locked data.

CERT has issued the warning by saying that over 23 million emails and messages have already been sent with the Locky ransomware attached.  Most of these spam messages may contain mail subject with terms like “please print”, “documents”, “photo”, “Images”, “scans” and “pictures”. The agency added that the subject text may vary in some cases.

CERT India in its advisory said:

“The messages contain “zip” attachments with Visual Basic Scripts (VBS) embedded in a secondary zip file. The VBS file contains a downloader which polls to domain “greatesthits[dot]mygoldmusic[dot]com” (please do not visit this malicious website) to download variants of Locky ransomware.

If infected by Locky ransomware, the extension of encrypted system files changes to “[.]lukitus” or “[.]diablo6“. Once the ransomware manages to take control of a system and encrypts its key files, it demands a payment of 0.5 Bitcoins or about Rs 1,51,171 to release the files.

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CERT suggests some desperate measures to escape the Locky ransomware threat. CERT has suggested users to not to click on any of the suspicious files which have subject lines mentioned above.  It’s also recommended to take regular backups of your important files using an external storage device.

Locky Ransomware Attack

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Locky ransomware infects network drives and attached removable media such as flash drives and external hard disks. If you have a habit to keep your external storage devices attached to your computer at all times, stop doing that. If Locky gains access to your system, it can block all access to them too.

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CERT Warning Against Locky Ransomware Attack

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