Xda Ransomware Description
The Xda Ransomware is a new strain that appeared in late-October 2019. However, it is believed to be an offshoot of the Dharma/Crysis Ransomware clan. In accordance with older Dharma attacks, this new variant assigns a unique nine-character ID number to each victimized PC. The ID number is a random mixture of numbers and letters and forms the first part of the extension appended to each encrypted file. It is then followed by the email contact provided by the crooks behind the attack. A .xda appendix rounds out the whole thing so that it looks like this:
[File name].[File type].ID-XXXXXXXXX.[firstname.lastname@example.org].xda.
The pattern outlined above is typical for all known Dharma/Crysis Ransomware infections, yet the contact email - email@example.com - is new, as is the alternate email provided for further communication with the crooks beyond the first 24-hour deadline – firstname.lastname@example.org. They give victims the right to send o file for decryption, which serves to prove that the hackers behind Xda Ransomware have a decryption tool fully capable of reversing the encryption, as well as urge affected users to pay the required ransom amount in exchange for that tool.
The complete text of the note can be seen below.
Ransom note title – FILES ENCRYPTED.txt and Info.Hta
'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 email@example.com
Write this ID in the title of your message [random characters]
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
• 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.'
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