September 26, 2019, | AtoZ Markets – The cybersecurity firm Emsisoft has released a free bug fix to tackle with Bitcoin-demanding WannaCryFake ransomware. The infected users can download the WannaCryFake decrypter from the official website of the company.
According to the official blog post posted yesterday, the WannaCryFake decrypter is available for a free download and might help users to recover their lost data without making payment to the Bitcoin ransom or compromise on the amount of data received.
What WannaCryFake ransomware do?
Most of the users are not still aware of the infamous WannaCryFake ransomware which has affected numerous PCs globally. WannaCryFake is the revised version of the ill-reputed WannaCry ransomware attack that broke loose in May 2017 by targeting Microsoft Windows operating system users, encoding the data and demanding a hefty Bitcoin ransom.
WannaCryFake locks in victims’ data using advanced encryption technology and requests payment in Bitcoin in exchange for decoding the files and releasing the requested data.
The Emsisoft observes that the files encoded by WannaCryFake ransomware add a peculiar file extension name to the end and it looks like this- “.[firstname.lastname@example.org].WannaCry”.
This will force users to contact them either via email or a telegram ID. Interestingly, the attackers also suggest ways to buy Bitcoin for the settlement amount.
And while the Bitcoin ransom largely depends on how quickly the victims attempt to make contact with the attackers, Emsisoft suggests the victims to avoid getting in touch with the malware attackers.
Emsisoft’s decryption tool guarantees full data recover
Regardless of the Bitcoin amount or the contents of the message, Emsisoft guarantees to arrange full recovery of data through their decryption tool. The Emsisoft decryptor pieces together the unadulterated file version and the encrypted text to figure out the locked data. The protocol relies on the file extensions which is added by the encryptors. It will determine the parameters for unlocking data. Thus, the users are requested not to rename files.
Moreover, the victims can also choose to list the entire decryption procedure for their future reference by hitting the “Save Log” button.
Additionally, initiatives such as these will surely allow users to get relief from some kind of cyber-attack. As per the McAfee Labs report, ransomware attacks are up by shockingly 118% during the first quarter of 2019.