XHAMSTER ransomware is a threat that uses a complex extension for the files that get encrypted. The malicious computer virus locks various personal files with the help of encryption algorithms and makes them inaccessible, so people are eager to pay the demanded amount of cryptocurrency. This is the variant of a well-known Phobos ransomware threat.
These creators focus on extortion because it is the way to make a profit. Users are encouraged to follow the instructions and transfer the demanded sum in exchange for the alleged decryption. These particular tactics are common and used by many other ransomware-type threats, but it is very rare that cybercriminals release these files or even provide an option for file recovery that users can obtain.