1. Locky Ransomware: How it infects our systems and how to stay safe from this virus

Locky Ransomware: How it infects our systems and how to stay safe from this virus

The Narendra Modi government on Saturday issued an alert on the spread of a new malware. The name of this malware is 'Locky Ransomware'.

By: | Updated: September 3, 2017 5:33 PM
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The Narendra Modi government on Saturday issued an alert on the spread of a new malware. The name of this malware is ‘Locky Ransomware’. “Alert regarding spam spreading Locky Ransomware issued today by @IndianCERT…,” Electronics and IT Additional Secretary Ajay Kumar tweeted. So what is this Locky Ransomware and what led Modi government to issued malware alert on it? Here are things you must know about the Locky Ransomware and how it harms our systems:-

– Locky Ransomware can lock computers and a ransom demand is raised to unlock them. (Ransomware is a malicious software)

– Locky Ransomware is learnt to be demanding ransom of half a bitcoin, which at present rate is equivalent to over Rs 1.5 lakh.

What government’s alert tell us?

– The alert, issued on Cyber Swachhta Kendra, said it has been reported that a new wave of spam mails is circulating with common subject lines to spread variants of Locky Ransomware.

– Also, the alert says, “Reports indicate that over 23 million messages have been sent in this campaign. The messages contain common subjects like ‘please print’, ‘documents’, ‘photo’, ‘Images’, ‘scans’ and ‘pictures’. However, the subject texts may change in targeted spear phishing campaigns.” The alert described severity of the ransomware as “HIGH”.

– The system infected by Locky Ransomware is getting locked or encrypted with random numbers with “extension [dot] lukitus or [dot] diablo6”, the alert stated. The instructions contain installation of “a TOR browser and visiting (dot) onion sites and demanding ransom of .5 Bitcoins”, according to the alert issued.

How it harms systems?

– To target users, spam showing links to fake dropbox websites is being used to spread Locky variants.

Advice to users

– “Users are advised to exercise caution while opening e-mails and organisations are advised to deploy anti-spam solutions and update spam block lists,” the alert stated.

Another WannaCry?

Earlier, a series of cyber attacks involving ransomware WannaCry had hit computers worldwide.

“Among more than 100 countries that were hit by WannaCry (an advanced ransomware attack), India was the third-worst affected,” an Assocham PWC report said.

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    Sachi
    Sep 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    In case if you are interested in more technicality of the ransomware, here is a detailed article on the Locky ransomware variant Diablo6 : : blog.logix /diablo6-ransomware/ !
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      breakbubble
      Sep 4, 2017 at 2:26 pm
      In case you need more information on this ransomware, please follow the link: talentcookie /2016/08/locky-ransomware-just-a-heads-up/
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