What Is Ryuk Ransomware?
Ryuk ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts files on an infected computer and then demands payment in exchange for the decryption key. It was first discovered in August 2018, and has since been used to target large organizations around the world. The malware is believed to be developed by Russian-speaking cybercriminals, as it contains code written in Russian language.
The Ryuk ransomware works by exploiting vulnerabilities within networks or systems, allowing attackers to gain access and deploy their payloads without being detected. Once deployed, the malware will scan all connected drives and encrypt any data found with strong encryption algorithms such as AES-256 or RSA-2048. After this process is complete, victims are presented with a ransom note demanding payment for the decryption key needed to unlock their files. Victims who do not pay up risk losing access to their encrypted data forever due to its sophisticated encryption techniques which make recovery impossible without paying the ransom demand.