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MedusaLocker: the FBI warns of ransomware

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Jul 05, 2022 @ 11:54am

MedusaLocker ransomware exploits vulnerabilities in a Microsoft protocol to obtain your data. US authorities such as the FBI warn of the danger.

Beware of MedusaLocker ransomware. (Source: kaptn/depotphotos.com)

A ransomware called MedusaLocker is currently a major threat to businesses and individuals using Microsoft systems. Many US institutions are already warning about the malware. These include the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency).

MedusaLocker gets noisy Cyware distributed via phishing emails containing malware for vulnerable Remote Desktop Protocols (RDP). If you open the attachment with the malware, the attackers, thanks to RDP vulnerabilities, gain access to your system and execute the ransomware. This disables security programs on your PC so that you cannot be discovered. Then MedusaLocker does its job and encrypts your personal data with AES-256 and RSA-2048 algorithms.

The blackmailers demand a ransom in the form of bitcoins for the release. It is uncertain whether you actually receive the data after payment. AstraLocker 2.0 ransomware shows that criminals don’t always keep their word. You should therefore not respond to requests. Protect yourself against such attacks by backing up your important data to external devices or cloud storage.

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