Netlock Ransomware is a New MedusaLocker Clone

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This week a new MedusaLocker variant was spotted in the wild. The new ransomware strain is called Netlock.

The Netlock ransomware encrypts files on the system it gets deployed on and makes them unreadable. Affected file types include media, document, database and archive files. Files essential to Windows are left intact.

Once encrypted, files receive a new extension in the form of the ".netlock" string. This will make a file previously named "photo.jpg" turn into "photo.jpg.netlock" upon encryption.

The ransomware drops its ransom demands inside an HTML file called "how_to_back_files.html" and the lengthy ransom note goes as follows:

YOUR PERSONAL ID:
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/!\ YOUR COMPANY NETWORK HAS BEEN PENETRATED /!\
All your important files have been encrypted!

Your files are safe! Only modified. (RSA+AES)

ANY ATTEMPT TO RESTORE YOUR FILES WITH THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE
WILL PERMANENTLY CORRUPT IT.
DO NOT MODIFY ENCRYPTED FILES.
DO NOT RENAME ENCRYPTED FILES.

No software available on internet can help you. We are the only ones able to
solve your problem.

We gathered highly confidential/personal data. These data are currently stored on
a private server. This server will be immediately destroyed after your payment.
If you decide to not pay, we will release your data to public or re-seller.
So you can expect your data to be publicly available in the near future..

We only seek money and our goal is not to damage your reputation or prevent
your business from running.

You will can send us 2-3 non-important files and we will decrypt it for free
to prove we are able to give your files back.

Contact us for price and get decryption software.

.onion
* Note that this server is available via Tor browser only

Follow the instructions to open the link:
1. Type the addres "hxxps://www.torproject.org" in your Internet browser. It opens the Tor site.
2. Press "Download Tor", then press "Download Tor Browser Bundle", install and run it.
3. Now you have Tor browser. In the Tor Browser open .onion
4. Start a chat and follow the further instructions.
If you can not use the above link, use the email:
ithelp08 at decorous dot cyou
ithelp08 at wholeness dot business
* To contact us, create a new free email account on the site: protonmail.com
IF YOU DON'T CONTACT US WITHIN 72 HOURS,
PRICE WILL BE HIGHER.

September 28, 2022