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What is Dark Power Ransomware ?

SecneurX Analysts found Dark Power Ransomware in the wild. Dark Power ransomware encrypts files and appends its extension (".dark_power") to filenames. Also, it drops the "readme.pdf" file that contains a ransom note. After executing the Dark Power ransomware all files and folders got encrypted and appended their filenames with a ".dark_power" extension. For Example, a file titled "Sep2019.docx" appeared as "Sep2019.docx.dark_power", "Jan2020.docx" as "Jan2020.docx.dark_power", and so on. Screenshot of files encrypted by Dark Power ransomware

Dark Power Ransomware Overview In “readme.pdf” the Ransomware Recovery note informs victims that all files and folders are encrypted and mentioned a wallet address and instructed them to send $10,000 to that address and also makes the victim install a chat app and informed the victim to send an id for further process and also informed that all files in the backup, Outlook server, and databases have been encrypted.

How does ransomware infect my computer? Malware (ransomware included) is spread using phishing and social engineering tactics. Malicious programs are typically presented as or bundled with ordinary content. Infectious files can be executables (.exe, .run, etc.), archives (ZIP, RAR, etc.), Microsoft Office and PDF documents, JavaScript, and so on. When a virulent file is executed, run, or otherwise opened - the infection process is jumpstarted. Screenshots of Dark Power Ransomware Note (“readme.pdf”)



IOC DETAILS

DNS


qtox[.]github[.]io


IP


185[.]199[.]108[.]153

185[.]199[.]109[.]153

185[.]199[.]110[.]153

185[.]199[.]111[.]153

SHA256 9124f6d55ffd9b6700accec03a1f62b79ccf699bc7de5f10c86ddaf44d06c8d5 What can you do to avoid being a ransomware victim? As dangerous as ransomware is, simply being aware and staying updated with the latest ransomware trends can go a long way in securing your data and systems. Here are helpful tips on how you can defend yourself from a likely attack. Scrutinize emails & their attachments before opening them Be wary of emails from unverified sources. You can check by communicating directly with the purported sender to confirm if they sent the messages. To check its validity, you can use SecneurX Sandbox to verify the sanity of the email. Avoid clicking embedded links found in unverified emails Such social engineering tricks can lead to the download of ransomware. Additionally, be wary of sites that prompt you to enter a CAPTCHA code as this could be linked to a ransomware attack. To check its validity, you can use services like SecneurX Sandbox to verify the reputation of the site. Back up your important files While prevention is always better than the cure, backing up important files can at least lessen the potential damage done by a ransomware attack. While being locked out of your own system is always a bad thing, at least it's not a total disaster since you can always retrieve your important files. The 3-2-1 backup rule applies here—three backup copies of your data on two different media and one of those copies in a separate location Regularly update software, programs, and applications Updating them to the latest versions can provide an added layer of protection against online threats as some ransomware arrives via vulnerability exploits. Use a layered protection suite Doing so can detect threats before they enter your network. Security solutions like SecneurX ATP can block Infectious files (like executables (.exe, .run, etc.), archives (ZIP, RAR, etc.), Microsoft Office and PDF documents, JavaScript, and so on) by scanning them at the point of entry of the organizations (File uploads, USB file transfers, etc)

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