The arsenal of this notorious ransomware is getting better day by day. The latest edition. [firstname.lastname@example.org].wal Virus is no different in executing the mal intentions of its creators. As always, the targeted operating system is Windows.
The continuous evolution of technology has forced the mal practitioners to introduce dangerous code & protocols that go unnoticed from innocent users. Ideally, the word “Innocent” should not be used here! The users who like to deviate from following the ethical protocols are the primary targets of the unprincipled hackers. How? Let us see! We will take the example of this latest malware and will try to explore and recreate the attack scene!
People always look for shortcuts! They can even be the digital ways to elude from putting a weight on your pockets! Torrents, Cheap porn sites, freely available software sites are the few examples one like to explore in this rush!
The seeds of a malware are carefully planted on such websites to frame the honey trap for the lurking users! The moment a connection is established followed by a wrong click on the website, these dangerous codes come in the existence with a silent switch and without the knowledge of the users, and they spread in the system.
Apart from these websites, the other notorious way known for the spread of [email@example.com].wal Virus is through File transfer over unsecured connections or via drives.
These malware show the qualities of a true master of disguise once it enters the system. They have their own set of rules to ensure their presence on a connecting network as well! It could be a data transfer request, the contact list of email client or even your favorite social networking list, they are fined tuned to evade security protocols and journey to their selective destinations.
The moment [firstname.lastname@example.org].wal Virus establishes its identity in an affected system, it hunts for popular extensions that majorly represent user specific information.
To show its unethical presence and set the fear in the mind of users, it encrypts the file content with gibberish entries making the content unreadable by various popular editors. The reason for using the unidentified crypto language to garble the user data is simple! Let the user in a confused state of mind to look for the solution. The extension used on these encrypted files is email@example.com].wal.
It uses .wal file extension
Apart from encrypting the files, it also offers a solution to the deranged users. It asks for a ransom (in form of payments and bitcoins) from the users to decrypt the sensitive information. After the encryption of the files/ documents, the ransom note ‘FILES ENCRYPTED.txt’ will be created in the victim’s system.
Many of the users, who now feel sorry, fall in the trap set by this expert marksman and end up paying to the demands. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee to the cure offered and the information may never be retrieved in many cases.
Let us have a look at the threat summary to the pernicious [firstname.lastname@example.org].wal Virus:
Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.
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