Asus Ransomware Description
A new strain of file-encrypting ransomware started making the rounds in late October 2019. Researchers are calling it the Asus Ransomware, after the file extension it appends to any encrypted file. It appears this new version is an offshoot of the Dharma Ransomware family. You can find more information about the Dharma Ransomware in our article on it here.
The distribution method for the Asus Ransomware is the one most commonly used by ransomware actors in general - corrupted e-mail messages that contain either an attachment or a link to a site that hosts the payload. The Asus Ransomware changes the files by adding the .asus extension after the original one and has been used in at least one campaign with the ransom e-mail address DataBack@qbmail.biz. A victim of this particular campaign would have a file named "class_notes.txt" renamed to "class_notes.txt.DataBack@qbmail.biz.asus" once it has been encrypted by the Asus Ransomware.
The ransom note that the Asus Ransomware drops is named 'RETURN FILES.txt' and contains the following text:
'All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail DataBack@qbmail.biz
Write this ID in the title of your message [unique victim ID]
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to these e-mails: DataBack@qbmail.biz
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, dick Buy bitcoins; and select the seller by payment method and price.
Also you can find other plates to buy Bltcoins and beginners guide here: [link]
Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.'
Staying safe from ransomware comes down to staying very aware of what links and files you are clicking on inside your emails, as well as having a robust and fully-featured security suite that can stop the payload before it has a chance to encrypt your data.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
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