If you’re one of the lucky ones yet to come across this new form of cyber-attack, Ransomware, or even if you’ve been hit before, it’s worth reading the following and making yourself aware of the different threats out there. Cerber is yet another new ransomware that has been gaining some traction over the past couple months.
We want to make sure you’re prepared and ahead of the game, so we’ve put together a breakdown of the new variant.
1. HOW IT LOOKS
It’s not a good looking ransomware especially compared to some others out there. It also lacks any type of GUI. However, it does change your background to an awful image of static that’s not comfortable to look at, but it achieves its goal of getting your attention.
2. THE TEXT
The ransom text is quite informative attempting to answer any questions you may have. The end goal is to get the user to follow directions to install a layered tor browser so they can access the dark net and pay the ransom with Bitcoins.
3. WHAT IT WANTS
It wants 2 BTC (Bitcoins), a huge sum of money (around $1,300) and a lot more than other ransomware. Believe it or not there is also a ‘late fee’ that doubles the ransom if it isn’t paid in the original time frame. A new trend that’s growing!
4. WHY ARE WE TELLING YOU ABOUT IT?
Webroot will catch this specific variant in real time before any encryption takes place. Just in case of new zero-day variants, remember that with encrypting ransomware, the best protection is going to be a good backup solution. Webroot is our protection of choice now taking over from Kaspersky.
If you have any questions about ransomware, how best to protect against it or any IT support queries call a member of the b1 Services team today on 020 8464 2062, and we will talk you through the options.