Be Aware! It’s just not average ransomware! This can encode a file and demand a ransom in order to recover your files. Known as “Jigsaw Ransomware”, this is a dangerous cryptovirus that uses the ASE algorithm to encrypt various files stored in computers.
According to Cyber Security Companies, this ransomware once collected about $450,000 within a single year from the victims. It is named for its “Punishment Concept” alike to the plot of the horror movie “Saw”.
Luckily it is not widespread yet but still, it is important to take necessary measures to curb the attack. Cyber Security experts claim that this ransomware targets mainly German, Spanish, Turkish, English, French, Portuguese and Vietnamese users, basically those who receive ransom notes translated in their language.
How does Jigsaw Ransomware works?
The ransomware enters as a countdown timer with the help of malicious spam emails. Once it is able to enter the target computer the timer starts tickling. At first in a span of 24 hours, it deletes a file every hour. Then within a day it gradually increases the power by deleting about 100 files and within the third day it will delete thousands of files. It will then become a terrible situation if your system lacks a good backup to restore.
Look at the picture below, how a jigsaw ransom looks like:
This ransomware uses the AES algorithm to encrypt various files from the targeted device. They target mainly .jpg, .docx, .mp4, .mp3, etc.
Here are three easy steps that how you can thwart ‘Jigsaw Ransomware’
Ransomware is one of the most problematic threats on the Digital landscape in this era. But there are some ways you can protect yourself from it. Here are the three easiest steps that will help you to thwart Jigsaw Ransomware.
- 1. Regular backups should be made on every computer. Keep in mind to unplug the backup drive when the system isn’t used.
- 2. Install an Internet Security Software to prevent the ransomware from entering on the computer.
- 3. Update all the software very often as these threats can sneak in through vulnerabilities in software programs.
If we apply these measures we can win a large part of the battle against ransomware. But we also have to keep up to date with the emerging threats as they appear so that we can successfully tackle them.
Note: If every you get hacked never pay the ransom. There is no guarantee that you will get the files back after paying a ransom. It’s better to stay safe than sorry!
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