If ransom paid in Bitcoin Cash don't expect to get files back
Attivo Networks Blogs

If ransom paid in Bitcoin Cash don’t expect to get files back

SC-Magazine

A new ransomware attack called Thanatos demands payment in Bitcoin Cash, which contains a decryption bug that makes it impossible for attack victims to recover stolen files, reports security researcher Malware HunterTeam.

After infecting a target, Thanatos injects a key for each encrypted file, but those keys are never saved anywhere, thus making decryption and file recovery nearly impossible, in a development first reported on blog BleepingComputer.

A Thanatos attack warns that “files can only be decrypted by our decode tool.”

Guess what? Thanatos’ tool does no such thing, asserts the malware researcher Francesco Muroni cited by BleepingComputer, underscoring another reason why law enforcement officials generally advocate that victims never give into ransomware demands because the attackers are not be trusted, for obvious reasons.

The cryptocurrency spinoff Bitcoin Cash emerged after its namesake’s value trajectory of astronomical proportions last year led to bubble predictions and an onslaught of dubious get-rich-quick schemes ripe for exploitation by nefarious parties up to no good.

Read more>>>

Share on:

Free Active Directory Assessment

Get Visibility Into Privilege And Service Account Exposure

For a limited time, Attivo Networks is providing free Active Directory Security Assessments to demonstrate how ADAssessor provides unprecedented and continuous visibility to AD vulnerabilities.

Try Our Endpoint Detection Net (EDN) for Free

FAST AND EASY

Free use offer of our Award-winning security solution to prevent attackers from lateral movement, credential theft, and privilege escalation, fast and easy.

Newsletter Signup

    Yes, please opt me in to receive your quarterly newsletter, event invitations, and product updates.

    I understand that I can opt out at any time, and can refer to Attivo Networks Privacy Policy for more information.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

ADSecure 90-Day Free Trial

GET PROTECTION AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO ACTIVE DIRECTORY

  • Hide and deny access to AD objects
  • Get alerted on unauthorized queries
  • Attack details easily viewable in dashboard
  • Your data remains on-premise

RSS

Ready to find out what’s lurking in your network?

Scroll to Top