HC7 Planetary Ransomware demands Ethereum for decryption

Malicious software HC7 PLANETARY encrypts users' files and and requests victims to pay with Bitcoin, Monero and, surprisingly, Ethereum
10 January 2018   1056

One of the users, attacked by the malicious HC7 Planetary ransomware, has contacted Bleeping Computer asking for help and reporting that the ransoware encrypts users' files and adds the PLANETARY extension to the filename.

Mainly, the attackers demand Bitcoin or Monero as payment, as, for example, Cerber ransomware, which was capable of stealing from Bitcoin wallets; or BadRabbit, which attacked different institutions in five countries, demanding Bitcoin.

planetary ransomware screenshotPlanetary Ransomware victim's screenshot

There is little known about HC7 Planetary ransomware, but what is known so far is that ransomware developer hacks into networks using remote desktop and manually installs the ransomware on all computers which are accessible to them.

Planetary ransomware encrypted filesHC7 Planetary Ransomware encrypted files

Once having encrypted the files, ransomware demans the victim to pay $700 worth Bitcoin, Monero or Ethereum for decryption on one computer or $5000 for all the attacked network, and asks to include a sample encrypted file for proof of decrypt.

Considering the Ethereum's rapidly rising value, it is not surprising that ransomware creators start turning to this currency. Moreover, Ethereum's smart contract feature can make ransomware payment processing more efficient, as a victim can guarantee payment if the developer really decrypts the files.

At the moment of press, these are the main market parameters of Ethereum:

  • Average Price: $1 343,56
  • Market Cap: $130 176 860 817
  • 24h Volume: $9 785 200 000

Hackathon by ETHGlobal goes to Buenos Aires

Part of ETHGlobal community and the first event in Latin America, ETH Buenos Aires will take place on May 25–27
24 May 2018   112

Hackathon and workshops will be the main activities of the coming ETH Buenos Aires. The event will be held on May 25–27 at AREA 3 in Buenos Aires. This is the chance to cooperate and learn from the developers, advisers and companies that are designing an infrastructure and applications of the future.

Here are some of the speakers and judges at the event:

The agenda for Day 2 and Day 3 are as follows:

DAY 2  
7:00 Breakfast
11:00 Panel: Token Design & Distribution
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Panel: Self regulation
19:00 Dinner
DAY 3  
7:00 Breakfast
10:00 Judging Time
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Winners Announcement
19:00 Placeholder x ETHBuenosAires After Party

A livestream of the event is going to be conducted. Among the sponsors there are Ethereum, Zeppelin, Aragon, Golem, Gnosis, Consensus and others. To learn more details about the event, including the complete agenda, you can visit the official page here.