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Cerber ransomware speaks to you: 'Your files are encrypted'


A new ransomware threat speaks to its victim to inform them that it has successfully encrypted their files.

The malware, which goes by the name "Cerber," was first detected by malware analysts @BiebsMalwareGuy and @MeegulWorth earlier this week. It encrypts users' files using AES encryption and demands that victims pay a ransom of 1.24 Bitcoins, or approximately US $500.

Lawrence Abrams of Bleeping Computer explains in a blog post that the ransomware commences its encryption cycle by first checking to see if the victim appears to be from a list of eastern European countries.

If they are, the malware terminates. If not, it installs itself as a random Windows executable that is configured to execute once every minute. When this happens, it displays a randomly chosen fake system alert that attempts to trick the user into accepting a system shutdown.

Here is an example:

You are about to be logged offThis directory service is shutting down, and cannot take ownership of new...(continued)
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