Unlike most ransomware, the Black Cat Ransomware does not erase your computer files. Instead, it encrypts them and demands a ransom for the key. Encryption is only half of the process, which is why this malware is so aggressive.

What is Black Cat Ransomware?

Black Cat Ransomware is a new ransomware that encrypts the contents of your hard drive and requests a ransom in Bitcoin. The ransomware has been found to use AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) to encrypt your files and RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) asymmetric encryption to transmit the private key to the victim.

  • It disguises itself as an email attachment
  • When you open it, it encrypts your files and asks for a fee to be paid before it will decrypt ( brings code back into original form) again

Unlike most ransomware, Black Cat Ransomware does not include any decryption or unlocking tools, meaning that files are only recovered once the user pays for the ransom.

  • Black Cat Ransomware brings with it a ferocious cyber-attack that can damage or delete the stored data and even lock the system of its victim
  • The program is capable of stealing confidence, banking credentials, and other data
  • Blackcat ransomware can encrypt your computer files and lock your system

The program is capable of stealing confidences, banking credentials, and other data that are kept in the hard drive of the PC, usually under [W:45083406288]%userprofile% temp[/w].

How does this Ransomware work?

Black Cat Ransomware works by infecting Windows and Linux operating systems with heavy customization. It primarily goes after large entities. In most ransomware infections, victims can’t recover their data without assistance from hackers. Also, even if the victim pays, they often don’t receive their promised decrypting tools.

Ransomware can encrypt your files and not allow you to restore them unless you pay. The solution is often to back up the drive in another location so that the ransomware doesn’t encrypt your backups as well. To avoid data loss, it is recommended to keep backups in multiple, separate locations.

Who is behind the BlackCat Cyber Attack?

This is a cyber-attack on an international scale that has impacted countries all over the world. It’s obvious that this attack is highly organized and requires a lot of funding, equipment, and manpower. One theory is that it’s a corporation or nation-state seeking to damage another company or nation. The other theory is that this was done by a criminal organization to make money off of ransom payments from the infected computers.

Conclusion

The finest way to prevent this type of attack is to avoid this attack, make a backup of your data regularly. This will ensure that if you are attacked, you’ll have a recent backup of your data so there won’t be any permanent damage.