Basn Ransomware Asks for Ransom Payment in Crypto
Our security experts identified the Basn malware while carrying out an analysis of new ransomware samples.
This malicious program is a type of ransomware, which locks up data and requests payment for its restoration. We tested it using our test computer and noticed that all encrypted files were equipped with a ".basn" extension on their filenames.
Following this, a "unlock your files.txt" file was created on the desktop, which revealed that Basn targets businesses rather than individuals. The notification in the text stated that all data had been encrypted and further details were stolen, warning of a ransom demand using either Bitcoin or Monero cryptocurrency to decrypt the files and stop any leakage of sensitive information. The ransom amount was not specified.
Basn Ransom Note Asks for Monero or Bitcoin
The full text of the Basn ransom note goes as follows:
Hello, your company's computer is encrypted by me, and the database and data are downloaded. If you do not want me to disclose these materials, you must pay me a ransom. After receiving the ransom, I will delete all downloaded files and help you decrypt your computer, otherwise If we do, we will disclose these materials and your company will face unprecedented repercussions.
We only work for money and do not destroy your network, and we are very honest. After receiving the ransom, we will also provide you with information about the vulnerability of your system to help you fix the vulnerability to avoid re-attacks.
If you doubt our ability to decrypt files, you can send me some encrypted files and I will decrypt them to prove it.
Please pay the ransom in Bitcoin or Monero.
Please use TOX to contact me or email me.
TOX: alphanumeric strings
Why Should You Never Pay Ransom Money to Hackers?
Paying ransom money to hackers is not recommended as it only encourages them to keep extorting more victims. It also sends a message to other cybercriminals that they can make easy money by targeting vulnerable computer systems. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the hacker will actually provide the decryption key after receiving payment.
Furthermore, paying ransom money could put you at risk of becoming a victim of identity theft or other malicious activities. Hackers may keep your financial information for future use, and they can also share it with other cybercriminals.
Finally, paying ransom money directly supports criminal activities, which is never something that should be done lightly. Instead of giving in to hackers' demands, it's best to take the necessary steps to protect your computer systems and data in the future. These measures include updating security software regularly, backing up important files and data, and educating yourself on cyber security best practices.
By taking the right precautions and avoiding paying ransom money, you can help make the internet a safer place for everyone.