Windows XP makes ransomware gangs work harder for their money

Nice to see the criminals’ continued support for legacy platforms…:

[…] If an organization uses Windows XP and a ransomware attack encrypts the device, it now falls on the threat actors to support the operating system if they want to get paid.

This was shown by a new Avaddon ransomware decryptor discovered by MalwareHunterTeam that is created specifically to decrypt Windows XP devices.

When we asked Emsisoft CTO and ransomware expert Fabian Wosar why a ransomware gang would create a dedicated Windows XP decryptor, we were told it is likely due to lack of support for the operating system in modern compilers.

“Visual Studio 2019 no longer can compile for Windows XP. They need to use Visual Studio 2017 and an old XP compiler to build for XP.”

“The problem is when you want the latest C++ features, you need a newer compiler. But the newest compiler versions, won’t compile for XP.”


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