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Ransom.Kovter

Risk Level 1: Very Low

Discovered:
April 1, 2014
Updated:
August 30, 2016 11:25:02 PM
Also Known As:
Trojan.Ransomlock.AK [Symantec]
Type:
Trojan
Systems Affected:
Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows 2000
Ransom.Kovter is a Trojan horse that locks the desktop making the computer unusable. It then asks the user to pay to have it unlocked.

Note: Definitions prior to August, 2016 may detect this threat as Trojan.Ransomlock.AK

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version April 1, 2014 revision 006
  • Latest Rapid Release version January 19, 2017 revision 032
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 1, 2014 revision 009
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 20, 2017 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 2, 2014
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Threat Assessment

Wild

  • Wild Level: Low
  • Number of Infections: 0 - 49
  • Number of Sites: 0 - 2
  • Geographical Distribution: Low
  • Threat Containment: Easy
  • Removal: Easy

Damage

  • Damage Level: Medium
  • Payload: Locks the desktop on the compromised computer and asks for payment to unlock it.

Distribution

  • Distribution Level: Low
Writeup By: Kevin Savage

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