Bot Ransomware

Bot Ransomware Description

The Bot Ransomware is a new variant of the infamous Dharma Ransomware that comes with a new extension added to the encrypted data, as well as a new email contact for getting in touch with the crooks behind it. Everything else in terms of features and modus operandi is practically identical to the Dharma Ransomware.

New Extension, Email Contacts

While a typical Dharma Ransomware attack may feature one appendix or another, never before has it appended the ‘.id-XXXXXXX.[admin@sectex.net].bot!’ extension to each file it encrypts. Nor has it featured the contact email admin@sectex.net, either. However, if victims do not react within 24 hours of the attack, they are required to use an alternative email contact, namely admin@sectex.world.

The Same Ransom Note

Identical to other Dharma Ransomware samples out there, the new Bot Ransomware variant generates the ransom note in two different file types – FILES ENCRYPTED.txt and Info.hta – both caring the same text as before, namely:

'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 admin@sectex.net
Write this ID in the title of your message [crossed out random characters]
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails: admin@sectex.world
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 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, click ‘Buy bitcoins’, and select the seller by payment method and price.
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
http://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/'

While hackers exploiting previous Dharma Ransomware incarnations allowed victims to send them up to 3 or 5 files for free decryption, those deploying the current Bot Ransomware only provide for one decrypted file as a guarantee that they do have a working decryption tool. The thing is, while it’s good that the crooks may have a fully-operational decryptor at hand, that doesn’t mean they will make good on their promise even if you pay for the whole thing.

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Posted: October 29, 2019

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