Cryptolocker Ransomware Encrypting Data including PST Files

ransomwareWith the advent of Ransomware, security of the data is the prime concern. Cryptolocker Ransomware is yet another terrible malware that is turning tables and is getting on the nerves. Just think of situation where all important Outlook data which is stored as .pst or personal storage table format gets encrypted or is held hostage for ransom. Yes, it is true as Cryptolocker Ransomware is targeting and encrypting data including pst files too. It can be terrible for Outlook users as they cannot access their .pst data which might be including important contacts, notes, journals etc. The most bad news is that it is not possible to decrypt data even if the ransom amount appx $ 300 is paid to hackers. For decryption of the ransacked files private key must be present on the server which has been used by hackers remotely. In some cases it has been reported, that private key is being given by hackers after payment of hefty amount might not work at all or might work temporarily to decrypt .pst or any other files. This is why it is advisable not to pay the ransom.

Cryptolocker Ransomware is capable to scan the drives and all the application that is being installed on the Windows Computer. This is the reason why .pst files can be at great risk and can be encrypted using RSA and AES technique. Moreover the encrypted file extensions cannot be changed or neither renamed. Even if it is tried manually, it won’t be possible to access the files. Lets take a look at some of the popular files including .pst that is being targeted by this ransomware virus.

odb, accdb, ai, arw, bay, cdr, cer, cr2, crt, crw, dbf, dcr, der, dng, doc, docm, docx, dwg, dxf, dxg, eps, erf, indd, jpe, jpg, kdc, mdb, mdf, mef, mrw, nef, nrw, odm, odp, ods, odt, orf, p12, p7b, p7c, pdd, pef, pem, pfx, ppt, pptm, pptx, psd, pst, ptx, r3d, raf, raw, rtf, rw2, rwl, srf, srw, wb2, wpd, wps, xlk, xls, xlsb, xlsm, xlsx, 3fr.

If the files have been encrypted, it is not possible to decrypt them and hence it can be restored until and unless there is no proper backup. However, Outlook PST Recovery Software can be used for restoring and recovering the .pst files.

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