The Government of India has posted a “Virus Alert” via the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) following the rise of a new type of ransomware circulating via email.
The ransomware attacks Windows systems, and after the malware is released, it automatically locks the PC and demands money from the user.For those who are unfamiliar, ransomware is a complex sort of virus that totally freezes the computer or vital files before blackmailing victims for sending money via Bitcoins.
If the victim somehow doesn’t pay on time, the files are commonly erased, and the computer may be made unavailable. The Thai ransomware is built with the Microsoft Visual C / C ++ Compiler. As per the alert,
“It encrypts files exploiting an asymmetric encryption method employing user-mode Asynchronous Procedure Calls”
Once entering a PC, the Diavol virus executes pre-processing on the victim’s computer, such as registering the victim’s device with a remote server, halting operations, and scanning for local discs and documents on the device to lock and hinder restoration by wiping snapshot.
The folders are then encrypted, and the pc background is updated to display a ransom note. To prevent themselves against this virus, people must keep their software and OS updated with the relevant fixes. Furthermore, screen all incoming and outgoing mails for risks, and prevent executable viruses from hitting users.