We can retrieve data encrypted by AKO ransomware on the majority of the storage devices
Decrypt AKO ransomware files
Ransomware attacks have become one of the leading and most damaging means of cyber attacks in recent years. An unprecedented number of companies have been subjected to complete data encryption following cyber attacks.
Many of these AKO attacks are specific and targeted to the victim company, such attacks have enormous destructive potential. Not only is the group in no hurry to start the process of encrypting the data, without first reaching online backups and as many devices on the network as possible, this process can last for months, and when the ransomware is executed it can encrypt the vast majority of the data or even 100% of the files.
In the face of something so disastrous, there is little that can be done, especially if backups have been affected or are not up to date. The number of companies that shut down after having their data encrypted has reached staggering numbers.
In many cases, even after payment of the AKO ransom, the decryption key is not sent by the criminals, and in these cases there is no higher authority to turn to.
Digital Recovery comes to the market with solutions capable of decrypting files affected by AKO ransomware. We have solid numbers in our recovery projects.
Why Digital Recovery?
With over 23 years of experience, we have garnered a global clientele of satisfied customers who have benefited from our solutions. Our ability to remotely execute the majority of our solutions, coupled with our multilingual support, has enabled us to provide effective assistance to customers worldwide.
With the increase of AKO ransomware attacks around the world, we specialize in ransomware decryption. We have developed a unique solution that can be applied to the vast majority of storage devices, Virtual Machines, RAID Systems, Storages (NAS, DAS, SAN), Databases, Servers, and much more.
Our team of specialists is highly qualified and equipped with the latest technologies in the data recovery market, including our proprietary TRACER technology. With TRACER, we have achieved remarkable results in decrypting ransomware files, setting us apart from others in the industry.
We provide an advanced diagnosis service that enables us to determine the extent of the AKO attack. This initial assessment can be completed within the first 24 working hours after receiving the samples. Upon completion of the assessment, we provide a commercial agreement for our services. Once the agreement is accepted, we initiate the process of decrypting the files.
All our solutions are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), ensuring complete security and protection for our customers. Our legal department has drafted a confidentiality agreement (NDA) that we provide to our clients. However, if you prefer to provide your own NDA, we are open to reviewing and accepting it, if necessary.
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Answers from our experts
How do I recover files affected by AKO ransomware?
The recovery of AKO encrypted ransomware files is made possible by our proprietary technology, which enables us to locate and reconstruct the affected files in many cases.
Successful recovery of encrypted ransomware files requires knowledge about the specific storage device that was affected. Our experts possess extensive knowledge and expertise in each of the major storage devices, including RAID systems, Storages (NAS, DAS, SAN), Databases, Servers, Virtual Machines, and more. Without this specialized knowledge, file recovery can be compromised and may not be possible.
How to choose a company to decrypt my data?
Due to the limited number of companies with the ability to decrypt AKO ransomware files, accurate information on this process is hard to come by. As a result, many people believe that such recovery is impossible, and there is a lot of misinformation that decryption cannot be done.
And among all these discussions there are serious companies that have developed such solutions, such as Digital Recovery.
Due to the confidential nature of the recovery process and customer information, formal testimonials regarding these processes are limited.
In light of these challenges, it is crucial to seek out reputable companies with significant experience in the data recovery industry, and that provide direct access to a dedicated expert from the initial point of contact. This ensures that customers can trust the expertise and reliability of the company, and receive the support they need to navigate the recovery process.
How much does the process to decrypt AKO ransomware cost?
The cost of the ransomware decryption process can only be determined after an initial diagnosis, as the extent of the damage caused by the AKO ransomware attack needs to be assessed. This evaluation will determine if the decryption process is possible or not, and the complexity of the process required. As a result, it is not possible to provide an estimate or quote for the cost of the decryption process without first conducting an analysis.
After the initial diagnosis, a commercial proposal is made available and, once accepted, the recovery process is started. In most of the cases the payment is only made after the validation of the recovered files, done by the customer himself in a remote session.
Is negotiating with hackers from AKO group a good option?
Criminals count on the victim contacting them in the first few hours after the attack, so they use threats expressed in the ransom terms, in this first contact the victim will be under strong stress and may give in more quickly to the criminals’ whims.
We recommend that the victim should not contact the AKO criminals, but contact professionals in this field, so that, accompanied by an expert, they can analyze the data and verify the possibilities of recovery.
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What you need to know
How to prevent a AKO ransomware attack?
Preventing a AKO ransomware attack requires a comprehensive cybersecurity framework, but that’s not all, let’s list some important points that you need to pay attention to.
Keep software and operating systems up to date: Regularly update software and operating systems with the latest security patches to protect against known vulnerabilities.
Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication: Use strong, unique passwords for all accounts and enable two-factor authentication to add an extra layer of security.
Educate employees: Train employees on how to recognize phishing emails and other social engineering tactics used by cybercriminals.
Back up data regularly: Make sure to regularly back up important data to a secure, offsite location.
Use antivirus and antimalware software: Use reputable antivirus and antimalware software and keep it up to date.
Limit user access: Restrict user access to only what is necessary to perform their job functions and regularly review and remove unnecessary access.
Monitor network traffic: Regularly monitor network traffic to detect unusual activity or traffic patterns.
Have an incident response plan: Develop and regularly test an incident response plan to respond quickly and effectively to a ransomware attack.
By following these best practices, organizations can help reduce their risk of falling victim to a AKO ransomware attack.
What is the most common means of access used by hackers to break into the environments?
There are several strategies employed by AKO criminals, the main ones are: downloads of infected files, malicious links, attacks via RDP, Phishing, spam email campaigns, and more.
All of them have the same intention, to access the victim’s system without the victim’s awareness. To do so, the AKO ransomware camouflages itself in the system so as not to be detected by defense systems.
In the tactics that depend on the action of a user, phishing tactics are applied so that the victim, without realizing it, downloads the ransomware into the system.
Is there any behavior of my server, that I can analyze, to know if I am being attacked by AKO Ransomware?
Suspicious activities such as excessive processing, memory usage, and disk access warrant a thorough investigation to determine whether an attack is in progress.
AKO Ransomware typically utilizes the machine’s own resources to carry out data exfiltration and encryption, thereby imposing a heavy load on the system’s resources.
Moreover, detecting the attack through changes to file extensions can be challenging since the encryption process would have already been initiated, making it a more complex process.
What happens if I don't pay the AKO ransom?
The data will remain encrypted, it will be necessary for the affected machine to be formatted. By doing this all stored data will be lost.
However, if the attacking group employs the double extortion tactic of copying and exfiltrating all files from the device prior to encryption, they may post the stolen files on the group’s website or on Dark Web forums. In this case, even if the victim pays the ransom or formats the affected device, the original data will remain encrypted while the stolen files will be exposed, causing significant data breaches and privacy concerns.