HardBit Ransomware Gets an Update, Attacks Again


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Aug 17, 2017
This version allows HardBit to encrypt your files and demand your insurance details, too. Yes, you read that right. HardBit demands to share insurance details, so the cybercriminal’s ransom is adjusted accordingly. The nerve! How do you get this HardBit update on your system? There are many ways to get infected, be it via phishing scams, downloading software from unsavory websites, and more. Unfortunately, it’s able to bypass many security features since it disables anti-spyware and antivirus software. As soon as you get it, this ransomware encrypts your files, and that’s just the beginning. It disables most real-time features on Windows, such as real-time process scanning through the registry. It can also delete Volume Shadow copies, making it difficult to recover your data. The method by which it prevents your files from being recovered is by overwriting them. This is an “improvement” compared to other ransomware which delete the original files, replacing them with encrypted ones. Those might give you a chance to recover files with specific software.

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