0xxx Ransomware Demands $300 for Decryption Key
New ransomware strains continue to pop up at an unprecedented rate as cybercriminals look to rake in billions of dollars from their dubious activities. By leveraging attack vectors that include emails containing infected attachments, websites loaded with downloadable malware, or questionable software bundles, users may find themselves the victim of ransomware that can encrypt personal files rendering them inaccessible.
After file encryption, the affected users will generally be presented with a ransom demand that, if paid, will result in the delivery of a decryption key that decrypts locked files. This exercise is constantly repeated in a never-ending cycle that occurs between hackers and computer users all over the world. One of the more aggressive threats that is making the rounds and follows this pattern is 0xxx Ransomware.
0xxx Ransomware encrypts files that include photos, videos, documents, spreadsheets, and virtually any other valuable information that can be stored on a computer. The ransomware employs a strong cryptographic algorithm and appends the affected files with the telltale ‘.0xxx’ extension. 0xxx Ransomware’s operators also deliver a ransom note in the form of a text file named ‘!0XXX_DECRYPTION_README.TXT.’
‘All your files have been encrypted with 0XXX Virus. You can buy decryption for 300$USD in Bitcoins.
To do this:
1) Send your unique id – and max 3 files for test decryption to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) After decryption, we will send you the decrypted files and a unique bitcoin wallet for payment.
3) After payment ransom for Bitcoin, we will send you a decryption program and instructions. If we can decrypt your files, we have no reason to deceive you after payment.’
Like other ransomware makers, the operators of 0xxx ransomware offer to decrypt some files for free to prove that they are capable of unlocking the affected files. It is not recommended to communicate or cooperate with cybercriminals. Instead, it is recommended that you employ a reputable malware remediation program to help protect you from threats like 0xxx ransomware.