RAA Ransomware Installs Data Stealing Trojan After Locking Files


The latest version of RAA ransomware has implemented a data stealing Trojan…

RAA ransomware was first discovered in June; however new updates have made it even more threatening.  Along with the ability to lock files, the ransomware also installs a pony Trojan that steals login credentials.  Not only could this assist in spreading the RAA ransomware, but authors could sell this information on the dark web.

RAA ransomware is spreading through phishing scams.  The email being distributed is stating there is an overdue balance to a supplier, and the reader needs to download a malicious zip file to see the “payment” due.  However, instead of downloading a payment invoice, they then install the ransomware and pony Trojan.

According to ZDNet, the ransomware is targeting businesses, instead of home users due to the increased financial payoff by focusing on larger targets.  It is also reported, the ransomware is also focused on spreading in regions with Russian speaking readers.  Although, this does not mean that the ransomware won’t go global.


In order to properly protect your endpoints from ransomware infections, such as RAA, you need to take the following steps:

  1. Update – Ensure all of your operating systems and applications are up to date.  Any systems left outdated are open vulnerabilities, simply waiting for attack.
  2. Application whitelisting – In order to remain safe with the constantly evolving security threats, you must have a security program that implements application whitelisting technology.  Whitelisting prevents any unwanted and unsafe programs from executing on your computers.
  3. Employee awareness training – Employees must understand what red flags to look for to identify malware and phishing scams.  Increased awareness will lead to a decrease in victims.
  4. Appropriate access administration – It is the employers duty to ensure employees have access administration rights that are appropriate for their job duties.  Many times employees have more rights than necessary for their daily job functions, which leads to an increased risk.

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