The “Bitdefender ransomware vaccine” can be seen here.
To address the escalating ransomware menace, Bitdefender is distributing a ‘vaccine.’
Bitdefender, a Romanian security software provider, has released a free replacement programme to prevent your machine from being infected by ransomware.
Bitdefender Ransomware Vaccine
The Bitdefender Antiransomware vaccine protects your system from crypto-ransomware such as CTB-Locker, Locky, and TeslaCrypt by making it appear as though it has already been infected with malware.
Various ransomware strains, such as variants of Locky and TeslaCrypt, frequently employ a mechanism that detects if a computer has already been infected with the malware and had its files encrypted. Bitdefender’s new software, on the other hand, claims to be able to mimic these checks, meaning that if your computer is ever infected with ransomware, the virus will bypass it.
“In some ways, the new technology is an offshoot of the Cryptowall vaccine programme,” said Catalin Cosoi, Bitdefender’s senior security strategist. “We had been looking for a solution to prevent this ransomware from encrypting files even on PCs that were not covered by Bitdefender antivirus, and we recognised we could expand the thought.”
The original Cryptowall vaccine tool functioned similarly, but it may soon become obsolete and in need of an upgrade to keep up with how ransomware evolves and becomes more complex.
Bitdefender’s latest tool covers many more ransomware variants than before, but it’s not an all-in-one solution or blatant prevention tool.
Ransomware has recently taken on new forms, including a strain that targets WordPress sites rather than computers. As a result, this new anti-ransomware vaccine should not be viewed as a long-term solution, as more sophisticated threats may arise sooner rather than later.
Bitdefender isn’t the only company working on a ransomware vaccination. Sean Williams, a developer, is working on a tool called Cryptostalker to prevent ransomware from infecting Linux systems, while researcher Sylvain Sarméjeanne is working on a Locky-fighting tool.
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Vaccine Against Crypto-Ransomware in Combination Has Been Released
By leveraging gaps in the crypto ransomware families’ spreading mechanisms, Bitdefender anti-malware experts have created a replacement vaccine tool that may guard against known and possibly future versions of the CTB-Locker, Locky, and TeslaCrypt crypto ransomware families.
“In some ways, the new tool is an offshoot of the Cryptowall vaccine programme.” Catalin Cosoi, the Chief Security Strategist, explained. “We had been looking for a solution to prevent this ransomware from encrypting files even on PCs that were not covered by Bitdefender antivirus, and we recognised we could expand the thought.”