Vapo Ransomware Will Lock Your System
During our evaluation of recently submitted malware samples, our team uncovered Vapo, a member of the Djvu ransomware family. Vapo operates by encrypting files on the victim's computer and demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption tools. It's important to note that Vapo has the potential to be distributed alongside other malware strains, such as RedLine or Vidar stealers.
Furthermore, Vapo leaves behind a ransom note, generating a file called "_readme.txt", while also modifying filenames by adding the ".vapo" extension. As an illustration, it alters filenames like "1.jpg" to "1.jpg.vapo", "2.png" to "2.png.vapo", and so on.
The ransom note contains instructions for payment and contact information, urging victims to establish communication with the attackers via firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for further guidance on obtaining the decryption software and key. The ransom amount ranges between $980 and $490, depending on the timing of contact (within or after 72 hours).
Additionally, the note offers the decryption of one encrypted file free of charge, provided it does not contain valuable data. Victims have the option to send an encrypted file to one of the provided email addresses before considering the purchase of the decryption tools.
Vapo Ransom Note Increases Demands After Three Days
The full text of the Vapo ransom note goes as follows:
Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
Check your e-mail "Spam" or "Junk" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
Your personal ID:
How Can Ransomware Like Vapo Get on Your System?
Ransomware such as Vapo can find its way onto your system through various means. Here are some common methods used by attackers to distribute ransomware:
Phishing Emails: One prevalent method is through phishing emails. Attackers send seemingly legitimate emails with malicious attachments or links. Clicking on these links or opening infected attachments can trigger the download and installation of ransomware like Vapo.
Malicious Websites and Ads: Visiting compromised or malicious websites, or clicking on malicious online advertisements, can lead to drive-by downloads. These downloads can silently install ransomware on your system without your knowledge or consent.
Exploiting Software Vulnerabilities: Ransomware can exploit vulnerabilities in software or operating systems. If your system is not up to date with the latest security patches, it may be vulnerable to such attacks. Attackers can exploit these weaknesses to gain unauthorized access and install ransomware.
Malicious Downloads: Downloading software, media files, or pirated content from untrusted sources can expose you to the risk of ransomware infections. Attackers often disguise ransomware as legitimate files or software, tricking users into downloading and executing them.
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Attacks: If you have Remote Desktop Protocol enabled on your system with weak or compromised credentials, attackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access. Once inside your system, they can install ransomware like Vapo.