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While the name may sound like a cheap side-show clown, this is no laughing matter.  Klepto Zepto, the latest ransomware to wreak havoc in the cybersecurity world may pack an even bigger punch.

You’re probably familiar with the rather nasty strain of ransomware known as Locky. Unfortunately, things may be getting even worse when it comes to Klepto. Klepto is based on the Locky strain, and has been carried in 140,000 spam email messages in only four days, according to The Register.

Klepto encrypts files by changing the file extension to .zepto. According to Systweak, there are a few common things to expect in these emails:

  • The subject line usually has a generic salutation like ‘CEO’ or ‘VP of Sales’
  • Next, it mentions the requirement of some documents in the body of the mail, which the user has probably requested. (In reality, there isn’t any such requirement from the user’s side)
  • Further it has an attachment, typically a zip file that is named with victim’s email address, an underscore and a random digit

As always, taking the proper precautions is the best way to protect yourself from any form of ransomware. In the event you’re attacked, the best way to avoid paying a ransom is to have a proper business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solution featuring up-to-date backups. This will allow you to restore your data to a point in time before the infection, and retain your precious data. To learn more about all things ransomware, including the common types, how it is spread and how to prevent it, download this Datto eBook: The Business Guide To Ransomware.

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