New Rumba STOP Ransomware Being Installed by Software Cracks

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The STOP ransomware has seen very heavy distribution over the last month using adware installers disguised as cracks. This campaign continues with a new variant released over the past few days that appends the .rumba extension to the names of encrypted files.

Using adware bundles and software cracks as a new distribution method, STOP has become one of the most prolific ransomware infections we have seen in quite a while. First starting with the .djvu extension, then switching to the .tro extension, this latest .rumba variant continue to be heavily distributed as can be seen by the chart from ID Ransomware below.

ID Ransomware Submission
ID Ransomware Submission

A common practice used by sites that distribute software cracks is to utilize adware bundles in order to generate revenue.  These bundles will normally install unwanted extensions, adware, clickers, and miners, but one bundler appears to be turning a blind eye and has started distributing the STOP Ransomware as well.

Some of the reported cracks that are installing this ransomware include Windows activation cracks such as KMSPico, Cubase, Photoshop, antivirus software, and cracks for many other popular copyrighted software. From reports by infected users, it does not appear to be one particular crack site that is affected, but many different ones who are pushing similar adware bundles.

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 Example Adware Installer stated to install the STOP Ransomware

In this new variant, not much has changed and the developers continue to use the same approach as outlined in our DJVU article. The main difference is in this version the ransomware will append the .rumba extension to a file’s name after it is encrypted as shown below.


In each folder that a file is encrypted, the ransomware will create a ransom note named _openme.txt that contains instructions on how to contact the attacker for payment instructions.


The good news is that it may be possible to receive help in recovering your files for free. If you are infected with STOP Ransomware (.djvu, .tro, or .rumba), please see this post about using Michael Gillespie’s decryptor.

If that fails to help, then please register an account and post the following information in a new reply to our dedicated STOP Ransomware Support & Help topic:

  • Network card’s MAC address. This can be gotten from using the command getmac /v. If you are not sure which MAC address to use, feel free to copy the entire output.
  • A link to two encrypted files. You can use the Wetransfer service for this.
  • Your personal ID from the ransom note.

After you submit this information, we will try and help you, but please be patient..




Ransom Note:

---------------------------------------------- ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED ----------------------------------------------- 

Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files documents, photos, databases and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
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You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
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Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
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