Many businesses have trusted Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices to store critical data and back-ups; however, there is ransomware targeting NAS devices. The devices often lack the security software needed for proper protection. Without proper security, the devices are left exposed and vulnerable, making them a clear target for cyberattacks.

A team of researchers at Anomali, a US based cybersecurity company, discovered a new ransomware that specifically targets QNAP NAS devices. Dubbed “eCh0raix” after a string found within the malware’s code, the ransomware compromises NAS devices by brute forcing weak credentials and exploiting known vulnerabilities in targeted attacks.

The ransomware written in Go programming language will first check to discover if the files are already encrypted before beginning the encryption process. After the initial stage, the ransomware begins to encrypt the targeted file extensions on the NAS device using AES encryption to lock the files with a .encrypt extension. A ransom note is then delivered to the organization which details the attack, directs users to a Tor website to make a ransom payment, and warns them not to tamper with the files. It remains unclear who the cyber criminals are; however, there are several typos in the ransom note that suggest the criminals behind the attacks are not native English speakers.

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Author: Marisa Marozzi

Marisa is a Marketing Coordinator that has a demonstrated history of working in B2B marketing with a focus in the finance, healthcare, and technology industries. Marisa brought her passion of digital marketing and content creation to CompuData in 2019.