Ransomware infections are very often launched as testers that infect computers but do not compromise users' files. The BlackHat ransomware is an example of how malware in development works. The infection is aimed at encrypting several hundred of file types, including the most commonly used types such as image files, video files, documents, etc. Supposing you lost access to your valuable data, the only safe way to restore your files would be backing the data up from the storage device or network. Fortunately, the BlackHat ransomware encrypts files located in the Test folder on the desktop. It is impossible not to notice that the computer is infected because the threat loads its ransom warning once the system starts up. You should stay calm because all that you have to do is remove the BlackHat ransomware from the computer.
The BlackHat ransomware would be indeed a highly dangerous threat if it was fully complete. The infection is coded in .NET and is almost identical to ransomware known as MoWare H.F.D and CryptGod, both of which are based in the open source Hidden Tear, which was initially created for educational purposes. However, the BlackHat ransomware is not based on this type of coding. Another feature differentiating it from its counterparts is the method of encryption which is XOR. The abbreviation XOR stands for exclusive-OR, which is based on a simple but yet unbreakable pattern used for encrypting data.
As mentioned above, the BlackHat ransomware is in its developmental stage, which was concluded because of its inability to encrypt files and connect to a remote command and control server. The analysis of the infection has shown that the ransomware attempts to connect to an inactive server at http://localhost/ggg/gen.php. Upon encryption, the threat ads the extension .H_F_D_locked, which again links the infection with the MoWare H.F.D ransomware.
An attempt to launch a malicious file results in the infection's duplicating itself in the AppData folder where it creates several directories and the file MoWare H.F.D.exe, which is delete once launched. Moreover, the infection creates its point of execution, which can be accessed by following the path HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run::Blackhat, which has to be deleted as part of the infection in order to prevent the ransomware from being launched at the system startup.
When it comes to the attackers' demand, you are expected to pay a ransom of $200 in the Bitcoin currency, which has become very popular among cyber fraudsters. The ransom warning contains the address of the digital wallet to which the payment has to be made. According to the ransom note, the transaction is confirmed up to 30 minutes, and the victim is asked to inform the attacker about money submission by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our strong advice is that you ignore the demand for the ransom because at the moment the infection does not affect your files. Even if it did, there are no guarantee that the fraudsters would fix your files so that you can use them as usual. You should remove the BlackHat ransomware without any delay so that you can avert further malware attacks. An infected and unprotected computer is an easy bait for various infections, so you should make sure that your PC is properly protected.
We recommend that you use anti-malware software for removing the BlackHat ransomware, which means that your computer will be fully scanned and all malicious files detected and deleted. By implementing a reputable security tool you shield your valuable files from Trojan horses, adware, spyware software, browser hijackers, to mention just a few types.
In case you are determined to remove the BlackHat ransomware by yourself, use our removal guide. The removal of the ransomware infection does not require consummate skills, but you should bear in mind that you terminate the threat at your own risk. After removing the infection, consider scanning the system to make sure that no other malicious files are present on the PC.
|#||File Name||File Size (Bytes)||File Hash|
|1||MoWare H.F.D.exe||762368 bytes||MD5: 38e9f085e69f238e0cdc2f09094e0b27|
|#||Process Name||Process Filename||Main module size|
|1||MoWare H.F.D.exe||MoWare H.F.D.exe||762368 bytes|