New Ransomware 'Locky' Spreading Through Email, Warns Government

Locky Ransomware: Open E Mails With Caution Warns Government

Locky ransomware: In the second half of 2017, a new ransomware re-emerged with new email distribution campaign namely Locky ransomware.

In May this year, computer systems across the globe saw a series of cyber attacks involving the ransomware "WannaCry".

The system infected by Locky Ransomware is getting locked or encrypted with random numbers with "extension [dot] lukitus or [dot] diablo6", the alert stated. All the malware distribution campaign has affected USA workforce in just 24 hours on August 28.

According to reports, almost 23 million emails have been sent by the attackers with attachments marked as "please print", "documents", "photo", "Images", "scans" and "pictures". The malicious emails will have zip attachments with VBS (Visual Basic Scripts) embedded as a secondary zip file. The attackers then demand ransom to unlock the files. Furthermore, you should consider not keeping external hard drives - in which you may have copied your important files - attached to your computers at all times, as access to the will also get blocked in case you become a victim of Locky. The instructions contain installation of "a TOR browser and visiting (dot) onion sites and demanding ransom of.5 Bitcoins", according to the alert issued. Besides that, they are also providing info about how to buy Bitcoin to ensure victims make the payment. The first incidents of attacks with Locky were reported early previous year.

State-run Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) has issued an advisory on the spreading of Locky ransonware in the country, urging users to not open any emails with attachments from unknown senders.

"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 said.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Samsung Galaxy J7+ launched with dual camera setup and 4GB RAM
Following the tradition, the device comes with 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel protected by 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass. The handset will be powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core SoC coupled with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of on-board storage.

Texas A&M 44, UCLA 17 , with 2:06 left in third quarter
UCLA's head coach Jim Mora needed to find a way to keep Rosen upright and healthy and finally get the Bruins back in a bowl game. The UCLA quarterback hooked up twice with Darren Andrews for scores of 9 and 42 yards, and once with Theo Howard on a 16-yarder.

Meet The Leading Lady Of Varun Dhawan's 'October' Banita Sandhu
While I was shooting the ad film, Juhi (Chaturvedi , writer) and I were also working on the script (for this film). Here's the October girl @shoojitsircar @ronnie.lahiri @juhic3. "She captioned the image as, " #October .

BCCI finds Sony, Star are eligible for TV broadcast rights
A massive rise in comparison to Rs 50 crore per year price that DLF had paid for the first five seasons. If you look at non-fiction content across sports and entertainment, nothing is bigger than IPL .

RK Singh: The man who once arrested LK Advani
He had also criticised the process of distribution of tickets by the BJP in 2015 Bihar assembly elections, which the party lost. BJP MP from Ara and former IAS officer R K Singh wasinducted into the union cabinet as Minister of State today.

Other news