VOOM Ransomware Joins the Ever Growing STOP/Djvu Ransomware Family
VOOM Ransomware was uncovered by malware researchers as yet another strain from the ever-growing STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. It is referred to as VOOM because of the ‘.VOOM’ extension it adds to the encrypted files. The ransomware behaves like the other STOP/Djvu group members by encrypting files before asking for a ransom.
VOOM Ransomware will first scan a victim’s computer for the files it can encrypt. It then launches the encryption algorithm, affecting user-generated files, such as databases, spreadsheets, archives, pictures, and videos. Additionally, the hackers behind VOOM Ransomware leave a ransom note with the ransom payment information.
The Ransom Demand Associated with VOOM Ransomware
VOOM Ransomware’s operators say they will provide a decryption key if the victims pay $980. They also offer a 50% discount if victims contact them within 72 hours after encryption. The ransom note also tells users to use email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the criminals. VOOM Ransomware’s owners also say they can decrypt one file for free to show they can unlock all the encrypted files.
How Do I Deal with a VOOM Ransomware Attack?
We cannot stress enough to computer users not to cooperate with hackers. Instead, they should invest in a reputable malware remediation program to scan for and remove VOOM Ransomware. To avoid data loss in the case of another ransomware attack, back up your data on an external hard drive or virtual cloud storage.