Zepto Ransomware Is Here

October 19, 2016


By now, you should be familiar with the term Ransomware. For those who are unaware, Ransomware is a particularly malicious computer virus which, when launched, encrypts the files on the victim’s computer and demands a ransom in the form of BitCoins.

What is a Zepto file?

Ransomware is an ever-growing, evolving beast that has proven difficult to contain in the past. A new breed of the virus appeared in June 2016, targeting Windows users worldwide. Zepto is an update on the older Locky Ransomware virus, but behaves much in the same way. It encrypts files on the victim’s computer so they’re completely inaccessible to anyone but an IT whizz, and demands a payment to unlock the files. The most noticeable difference between the two viruses is that Zepto locks the files under its own file extension, .zepto – hence the name.

Like most ransomware, Zepto generally gains access to your computer and files when someone downloads it from an email attachment. After it’s downloaded, the virus quickly spreads through the PC and encrypts files with an asymmetric encryption algorithm. Specifically, Zepto uses RSA-2028 and AES-128 encryption to lock down files; it’s safe to say that the average computer user won’t be able to decrypt their files without the key, offered only in exchange for a ransom fee.

How do you remove the Zepto file?

It’s strongly recommended that users don’t pay the ransom. It’s rare that, upon....

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