Security experts detected and analyzed a new threat, the Hitler ransomware, that doesn’t encrypt files but simply deletes them.
Larry Abrams at Bleepingcomputer commented: " It looks like file deletion is becoming a standard tactic in new ransomware applications created by less skilled ransomware developers. This is shown in a new ransomware called Hitler-Ransomware, or misspelled in the lock screen as 'Hitler-Ransonware', that has been discovered by AVG malware analyst Jakub Kroustek.
This ransomware shows a lock screen displaying Hitler and then states that your files were encrypted. It then prompts you enter a cash code for a 25 Euro Vodafone Card as a ransom payment to decrypt your files."
The developer also appears to be German based on the text found within an embedded batch file. In the batch file is the following German text:
Das ist ein Test besser gesagt ein HalloWelt copyright HalloWelt 2016 :d by CoolNass Ich bin ein Pro fuer Tools für Windows
This translates to English as:
This is a test rather a Hello World copyright Hello World 2016 : D by Cool Wet I am a Pro for Tools for Windows
This strain looks like a test as it doesn't actually encrypt any files. Rather it removes the extensions on certain directory files then displays a lock screen with an hour countdown timer. After that hour the victim's computer crashes, and upon reboot the ransomware starts deleting those directory files. The technical background of this strain can be found in more detail at Bleepingcomputer.
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