Malware writer renames Ransomware after a security researcher
In an attempt to ruin the reputation of Fabian Wosar – the man who bears the reputation as a Ransomware decrypter, Apocalypse malware writers have renamed their ransomware after this Emsisoft security researcher as Fabiansomware.
Malware writer renames its Ransomware as Fabiansomware
Cybercrime has been around as long as the Internet. The type of cyber crime that is most widespread today is Ransomware. With each passing day, new variants and families of malware are popping up. Firms like Emsisoft Malware Lab has successfully managed to combat this growing menace. As such these establishments have the main target of ransomware developers and are, therefore, at the receiving end of hate from authors of such ransomware.
Firms like Emsisoft Malware Lab have successfully managed to combat this growing menace by releasing several free ransomware decryptor tools. As such these establishments have become the main target of ransomware developers and are, therefore, at the receiving end of hate from authors of such ransomware.
The latest episode of Fabiansomware is a case in point. The crooks of the ransomware (Apocalypse) employed RDP brute-forcing, such as Smrss32, Bucbi. Fortunately, Apocalypse wasn’t a well-coded product. This vulnerability allowed Fabian to exploit the ransomware and create a free decryptor for almost all versions of the ransomware.
This development wasn’t well digested by ransomware developers, and they got more offensive in their abuse. They even started using the firstname.lastname@example.org to make a request for payments and started featuring his name in all ransom notes.
The malware authors are changing their malware to try to stay a step ahead of our lab and other malware hunters online. Currently, it takes us only an hour or two to break the new variant. And the insults continue, says Emsisoft.
About Fabian Wosar – The man is a ransomware destroyer who shares decryption tools and gives online security advice. His daily hobby includes hunting for new threats, investigating it thoroughly and developing new protection technologies to keep users safe and protected from current and future malware threats.
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.