The Redeemer ransomware builder’s author put a new spin on the malware’s software, distributing its new version on cybercrime forums. Redeemer 2.0 ransomware version is written in C++ and is built to infect Windows OS hosts. The first version of Redeemer was released in the Summer of 2021, followed by its upgraded variant published last month.
Criminal hackers can use Redeemer without charge; however, the threat actor nicknamed Cerebrate, who claims to be the developer behind the project, asks for 20% of ransom, paid in Monero cryptocurrency.
The ransomware author claims this version is harder to detect, coming with an advanced encryption algorithm and new features like an improved user interface and ability to preserve the victim’s system safe from additional damage besides file encryption.
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The latest variant of the Redeemer ransomware was released in July 2022, surfacing on underground forums. The strain is marketed to appeal predominantly to entry-level threat actors while offering enhanced obfuscation capabilities.
Cyble security experts reported that the new variant introduces a number of the following features, such as support for Windows 11, an affiliate toolkit with GUI, XMPP Chat/Tox Chat/up to two emails, etc.
The Redeemer creator controls each affiliate’s income data by assigning trackable IDs. Before encryption, the ransomware variant leverages Windows commands to wipe out the event logs and backup copies, making the victim’s chances of getting their data restored slim to none.
The Cerebrate’s promotion message states the promise to release the Redeemer source code in case the author “loses interest” in running the project.
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