Warning: Rise in Ransomware “Troldesh” Attacks

By June 14, 2016 Security

OXEN Technology has seen a significant increase in activity by a malicious ransomware software called Troldesh. Our engineers are currently working with several clients to resolve the issue for them, and we wanted to warn you regarding this potential threat.

We have recognized that systems that are not actively managed or have no system access management policies are exceptionally susceptible to the current version of ransomware.

What is Ransomware and Troldesh?

Troldesh is a form of malicious software called ransomware. If infected, your data, and often every fileshare on your network is encrypted and you will be asked to pay a “ransom” to get a key to access your information.

We have become experts in remediation of all kinds of ransomware, but they remain a significant expense and a huge productivity drain for our clients.

Now is the time to make sure you have good network security and good security practices in place to limit your exposure to these attacks.

What is a sign of Troldesh infection?

If you notice files with a .XTBL extension on the end, these files are the first clue that a computer or server on your network has been infected by Troldesh. Contact OXEN Technology immediately if you suspect you are infected.

How can you be safe and prepared?

troldesh-unhackabilityPrevention is the best medicine! Please advise your staff to be wary of unsolicited emails, attachments from unknown senders, and other unusual activity.

Well-educated computer users in your organization are often the best defense against these malicious attacks. For more information about how to protect yourself against viruses, malware, and other malicious software like ransomware, please download “The 8 Habits of Unhackability”.

We’re here to help

OXEN Technology has built a strong competency in security, which we believe is one of the cornerstones of a solid IT environment. We offer a full portfolio of security solutions to meet the demands of our clients in many industries and government. If you would like us to assess your current network and provide recommendations (free), just let us know.

We will send out additional information on this outbreak as we receive it. If you need to contact us or have questions, please email us at hello@oxen.tech or call us at 888-296-3619.