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A ransomware virus is on the loose again! It has been a long time, but it seems that the notorious Locky virus is back with a new alteration. Its latest variant goes under the name .Diablo6 Virus Ransomware; it changes the extension of the files it encrypts to .Diablo6. It has just been freshly unleashed upon unsuspecting users, wreaking havoc and causing panic. Just like the other viruses in this strain before it, Diablo6 encrypts a large number of different file types on the victim’s PC, after which it proceeds to inform the users about this with a ransom note. Furthermore, the criminals behind it also have the audacity to demand a ransom payment in exchange for reversing the process and freeing the affected files.

Many of the victims of this dangerous ransomware virus might feel tempted to comply with the demands of the hackers, but we would advise to seek other alternatives. Removal guides and software, decryptor tools, and specialists in this field may be helpful in dealing with the virus and its consequences. In addition, there’s also no guarantee that the ransom amount will actually buy you back your files. It wouldn’t be the first time cybercriminals disappeared with the money and were never heard from again.

As for those of you who have not yet been infected with this virus but are trying to stay up-to-date with the latest news in this field, it’s important that you do everything in your power to prevent an attack like this. The .Diablo6 Virus, as well as numerous other ransomware variants, are usually distributed with the help of spam emails containing certain file attachments–in this case, a file named ‘’2017-08-09 (xxx).doc’’. It’s a really old trick, yet many people still don’t seem to take cyber security too seriously. Learn to look out for suspicious signs such as a shady senders’ email address, illiterate or otherwise fishy text in the email, and other signs that might tip you off. Do not under any circumstances interact with emails or social media messages that don’t seem trustworthy and especially not with their attachments.

And as viruses like this are often also distributed with the help of malicious online ads, fake system update requests and infected downloadable content, you’d be wise to try and stay away from anything that could potentially be infected. Use only reputed download sources and try to abstain from clicking around on online ads or blindly trusting popups with update or other requests. But perhaps the best piece of advice that could help save you from the devastating effects of a ransomware attack is backing up your most valued data. Keep copies on external drives that aren’t constantly attached to your computer; you will therefore have them safe and sound even if an infection does take place.

 

daniel sadakovAbout the Author: Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this guest author article are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.

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