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Happydayzz Ransomware

Happydayzz is a ransomware-type virus relating to Purge malware. Once infiltrated, Happydayzz encrypts various files stored on the system. During this process, it renames encrypted files using the "[blackjockercrypter@gmail.com].[22_random_characters].happydayzz" pattern. For example, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to "[blackjokercrypter@gmail.com].GlM8-AiM04-Lq6mHG1i0L0.happydayzz". Following successful encryption, Happydayzz creates an HTA file ("How To Recover Encrypted Files.hta"), placing it in each folder containing encrypted files. The HTA file contains a message informing users of the encryption. To restore these files, victims are encouraged to pay a ransom. To submit payment, they must contact Happydayzz's developers via an email address ("happydayzz@india.com") provided. It is also stated that victims are permitted to attach two selected files (max total size of 5 MB), w...

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Cyber criminals have been spreading ransomware viruses on Windows-based computers for some time. These types of infections became popular in mid-2006 and continue to infect personal computers and extort money from their victims. Recently, security research began showing a rise in Android-based mobile ransomware infections. Commonly, ransomware viruses exploit the names of authorities including the FBI, USA Cyber Crime Investigations, and The ICE Cyber Crime Center - making fake claims that users must pay an amount of money (for supposed law violations such as watching pornography, using copyrighted files, etc.) in order to unblock their devices. In most cases, cyber criminals employ the Green Dot MoneyPak, Ukash, or PaySafeCard pre-paid card services to collect fake fines from unsuspecting mobile device users. Tablet and mobile phone users should be aware that paying these fines as ordered by these messages ...

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