Ransomware activity is persistently going on in the cyber domain. Whether it’s extensive cryptovirological attack on the entire digital setup of a local government or targeting individual users with simple screen lockers, cybercriminals are trying to make the most of ransomware activity. Recently, security experts have discovered another locker ransomware called AcroWare.
Like any other locker ransomware, AcroWare locks the screen and demands extortion money for ransomware removal. Operators of AcroWare demand mere $80 dollars in Bitcoin for providing the decryption manual to disinfect the affected device. The note also claims that files on the affected device have been locked down too.
This is the typical scare tactic used by locker ransomware operators to coerce the impressionable victims into paying the extortion money for ransomware removal. Since the screen remains locked all the time, therefore it is natural for many people to believe that the whole device has been affected by the attack.
Nominal ransom demand: An effective tactic
In many cases, ransomware victims don’t contact the attackers because of hefty ransom demands. Ransomware operators have acknowledged the issue. For that matter, they now try to come up with nominal ransom demands. Affected users give a second thought to ransom payment if it doesn’t involve a large sum of money and many times they go with the option of paying the attackers instead of opting for ransomware removal measures.
Operators of AcroWare locker ransomware have also played the same trick by demanding only $80 dollars from the targeted users. Keep in mind that there is no surety of getting the decryption key even after the payment of ransom. Since the transactions remain anonymous, therefore you can’t do anything if the operators refuse to provide you with the key. So, refrain from playing into the hands of attackers and always trust professionals for the job of ransomware removal.