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LockFile Ransomware Uses Never-Before Seen Encryption to Avoid Detection

Researchers discovered a novel ransomware emerging on the heels of the ProxyShell vulnerabilities discovery in Microsoft Exchange servers. The threat, dubbed LockFile, uses a unique “intermittent encryption” method as a way to evade detection as well as adopting tactics from previous ransomware gangs.

Discovered by researchers at Sophos, LockFile ransomware encrypts every 16 bytes of a file, which means some ransomware protection solutions don’t notice it because “an encrypted document looks statistically very similar to the unencrypted original,” Mark Loman, director, engineering, for next-gen technologies at Sophos, wrote in a report on LockFile published last week.

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