Pozq ransomware was recently discovered after a sample submission on VirusTotal. After some analysis, evidence was highlighted that Pozq may have a relationship with the Djvu group.
We know that, similar to Djvu, Pozq ransomware operates using password and banking information theft malware such as Vidar and RedLine, proving that Pozq is a variant of Djavu ransomware.
Pozq ransomware appears to be targeting Windows operating systems and in most cases the invasion occurs very simply.
Sending emails containing malicious links or attachments, downloading from untrusted sources or even using Trojans. These are the most commonly used ways to break into the victim’s environment.
Pozq ransomware then runs and encrypts the data present in the environment by adding the extension “.pozq” to the original file name.
At the end of the encryption process, a text file ” _readme.txt “ is created. This then makes a ransom note letter informing the victim of the current status of their data.
According to the ransom note, all infected files (with the extension .pozq) cannot be opened without the attackers own decryption software. To obtain this tool a ransom of US $980 must be paid in bitcoin to the cybercriminals.
This amount is subject to reduction if the victim contacts the attackers within 72 hours of the attack.
To be sure, this situation is oppressive and extremely uncomfortable for the victim. Moreover, many of the victims may be small businesses, which can consequently impact the organisation’s activities.
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