The STOP/Djvu Ransomware Family Continues to Grow, Adding BYYA Ransomware
BYYA Ransomware has joined the constantly growing STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. Like other related variants, it infects PCs and locks users’ files that include documents, music, pictures, video files, and others.
Once the encryption is complete, the hackers behind the infection then demand $980 in exchange for a decryptor that would supposedly help you regain access to your data. If your computer has been infected with BYYA Ransomware, it is advised to immediately disconnect any other devices from the compromised PC to prevent the further spread of the ransomware.
BYYA Ransomware employs the AES-256 encryption algorithm and appends files with the telltale ‘.BYYA’ extension. Users will then find a ransom note on the computer’s desktop titled “_readme.txt.” This note instructs users to contact the hackers via the email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. It also offers to decrypt one file for free to prove that hackers can decrypt the files. They make this offer to entice victims into paying the ransom for full file decryption.
Unfortunately, a free or online decryption tool that could restore files encrypted by BYYA Ransomware is not available at the moment. The only reliable way to recover infected files is to restore them from a backup. You can also try using alternative data recovery options, but there’s no guarantee that alternative data recovery tools can unlock all the encrypted files.
As far as the ransom payment goes, the ransom note instructs victims to pay $980 or $490 in Bitcoin. The lower ransom price depends on whether or not the contact is made within the first 72 hours after the attack.
How Can I Fight BYYA Ransomware?
The best way to weather a BYYA Ransomware attack is to scan for and remove elements of this nasty ransomware and other similar infections using reputable malware remediation software. Additionally, to mitigate possible damages in the event of a future ransomware infection, you should keep backup copies of your valuable data in an external hard disk or a cloud drive.