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Satan’s Doom Ransomware

Posted: December 19, 2017

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 62
First Seen: November 11, 2022
Last Seen: May 26, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

The Satan's Doom Ransomware is a file-locker Trojan with code deriving from Utku Sen's Hidden Tear project. Its attacks may lock your files arbitrarily with encryption, launch pop-ups, change cosmetic settings related to your desktop's display, and create ransom notes. Free data recovery solutions, especially backups, can help protect your media from an infection, and traditional anti-malware software can remove the Satan's Doom Ransomware, and other HT variants.

Turkish Technology Goes Satanic

Threat actors are testing their detection rates with samples of the latest hijacking of Hidden Tear's code: another file-locking threat with graphical ransoming features. The Satan's Doom Ransomware uses misleading ransom messages for threatening the victim about the danger to their files while not upgrading HT's payload significantly. The Trojan is new, as of mid-December, and may not be complete in its development, although malware analysts judge that its data-locking feature works.

Unless the threat actor modifies them significantly, members of the Hidden Tear, like the Satan's Doom Ransomware, use an AES-based standard to encrypt various files on an infected PC. Although essential system components are unaffected, the Satan's Doom Ransomware may encipher and block documents, pictures, and similar media, especially for content associated with Microsoft's Office suite. The Satan's Doom Ransomware adds the '.locked' extension to their names, which is a characteristic that other Trojans of this type (Evasive Ransomware, BlackHat Ransomware, ApolloLocker Ransomware, Guster Ransomware, et al.) also display.

The Satan's Doom Ransomware also can launch an interactive Web page-based pop-up, change the user's desktop wallpaper, and generate Notepad text files, all of which show its Satan-themed, ransoming guidelines. Threat actors are accepting Bitcoin payments in return for providing the user with a decryption service, which malware experts recommend avoiding, in most circumstances. Of particular note to any victims is the fact that Hidden Tear's family is often fully compatible with freeware file-unlocking apps.

Staring into the Eyes of a Devilish Liar

If the Satan's Doom Ransomware is complete and intended for public release to victims, its payload includes massive oversights by its threat actors. The Satan's Doom Ransomware doesn't generate a unique key for each system (which is a traditional behavior with file-locking Trojans) dynamically, and any user can recover their media by entering the '63uh2372gASd@316' code, which is a static value. The Trojan's assertions of using military-strength encryption protocols are fraudulent and misappropriated from the notes of other campaigns.

The early date of identifying the Satan's Doom Ransomware makes predicting its infection strategies subject to some degree of potential inaccuracy. However, malware experts find file-locking Trojans delivering themselves to victims over e-mail spam very regularly, with the assistance of corrupted or fake documents especially. Networks with weak passwords and illicit file-sharing content also constitute significant security risks. For recreational PC users, letting their anti-malware products detect and remove the Satan's Doom Ransomware is the best security precaution.

The Satan's Doom Ransomware lies directly to its victims about the degree of its attacks, if not their fundamental nature necessarily. Its motif is an unsubtle hint that giving a Trojan the benefit of the doubt is a naive sacrifice for anyone who values their files.