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Davda Ransomware

Posted: June 5, 2019

The Davda Ransomware has found at least one victim in India and, unfortunately, they and other victims of this file-locker will not be able to recover their files by relying on a free file decryptor. This ransomware is based on the STOP Ransomware project, and it uses a smart file-encryption routine that cannot be reversed without receiving assistance from the ransomware’s operators.
The files that the Davda Ransomware locks may have their names modified to include the ‘.davda’ extension and, unfortunately, this is something that the victims may see plenty of times due to this threat’s ability to encrypt a rich variety of file formats. Its victims may end up losing access to documents, photos, images, archives, videos, spreadsheets, and numerous other potentially valuable files. Of course, the goal of the attackers is to make money, and this is why every victim will be supplied with the same ransom note that is stored in the file ‘_readme.txt’ – it explains the situation, and tells the recipients that they will need to pay a ransom fee if they wish to restore access to their files.

The attackers use the email stoneland@firemail.cc for contact, and they expect to receive significant compensation from all users who wish to get their hands on the decryptor for the Davda Ransomware. Naturally, the perpetrators prefer to use Bitcoin for the payments since this is an easy way to protect their identity and ensure that the victim will not be able to reverse the transaction. Of course, you should not trust the Davda Ransomware’s authors since there is no proof of their credibility, and you may get tricked if you opt to cooperate with them.

The best thing to do when your data has been taken hostage by the Davda Ransomware is to ignore the attackers’ offer and look into legitimate recovery options. The first thing to do after the attack is to use an anti-malware application to eliminate the harmful program. Once this step is complete, you can either restore your files from a backup or try the services of data recovery tools.

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