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Red Alert Ransomware

The Red Alert ransomware was taken public on July 5, 2022 via twitter by MalwareHunterTeam. According to the ransomware’s own website, as of this date, Red Alert had only a single company on its victim list.

The group behind the attacks has used two designations in its operations, Red Alert in its attacks and in its ransom notes, but also ”N13V” internally.

The malware targets VMWare ESXi virtual servers, both Linux and Windows. Red Alert is designed to be used by command line, allowing the threat author to shut down any virtual machines that are active.

The Red Alert ransomware is then able to encrypt the files corresponding to the virtual machines, such as .vmdk disks, SWAP files, blogs and others.

After the encryption process, the ransomware generates a .txt file named ”HOW_TO_RESTORE” with the details about the ransomware procedure. In this document is mentioned the name ”Red Alert”, the ransom amount as well as a link for payment in MONERO cryptocurrency, which is the only currency accepted for the ransom.

The group has been attacking companies, practicing double extortion. This means that before encrypting the data, the Red Alert ransomware is able to steal information about the virtual machine.

This practice is widely used by hackers, allowing the authors of the threat to demand a ransom not only to acquire the decryption key, but also to prevent the release of the stolen data.

The Red Alert ransomware is a new malware with few executed attacks, so it is expected that in the coming days the group will continue to attack more and more companies around the world.

Recover Ransomware Red Alert

Recover Files Encrypted by Red Alert Ransomware

Digital Recovery has developed a solution that can recover encrypted files without the need to contact the criminals to obtain the decryption key. This solution was developed in-house and makes the recovery of data encrypted by ransomware possible.

For more than 23 years, Digital Recovery has been operating in the market of data recovery in various storage devices, such as Storages, Databases, Virtual Machines, RAID systems, Servers and others.

We also provide our customers with a confidentiality agreement (NDA)

Thanks to our technology, our services can be performed remotely, quickly and securely.

Contact one of our specialists and have your encrypted data recovered immediately.

Ransomware Recovery FAQ

Every day, ransomware attacks get better and better. After a successful attack attempt, ransomware quickly maps the user’s most important files to begin encryption. Microsoft Office files, databases, PDFs and design are among its main targets.

Ransomware is designed to be unnoticeable, so it can disable all system defenses without being noticed and start the process of encrypting the files. Even though ransomware can go unnoticed by the system, it can still be noticed by the user, because ransomware uses the system’s own resources to do the encryption, this can slow down the system. Ransomware also changes file extensions. So be on the lookout for these signs: System slowdown and extensions being added to files.

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Yes, it is possible. You can restart the computer in safe mode which will limit the ransomware’s action as system resources will be locked. You can also disconnect the computer from the Internet which can interrupt the hackers’ connection to your system, it is worth remembering that there is ransomware that works even without being connected to the Internet. You can also start the diagnostics to identify threats with your antivirus, the vast majority of antiviruses have this function.
But there are cases where the encryption was interrupted by the user, some files had already been affected and this caused an error in the encryption and even the hackers could not restore the files, even with the decryption key. In these cases only a data recovery company, such as Digital Recovery, can recover the files.

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Yes, attacks usually happen mainly on holidays and weekends during the early morning hours. These days are chosen because there are not many active users on the system, which prevents the attack from being discovered before the encryption is completed.

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The vast majority of ransomware uses RSA [Rivest-Shamir-Adleman]-2048 and AES [Advanced Encryption Standard] encryption.

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First of all, do not pay the ransom. No matter what the hackers say, there is no guarantee that the decryption key will actually be released after the ransom is paid.
The first thing to do is to inform the authorities about the attack, governments have specialized cybercrime departments that will investigate the attack. After that, check if your backups were affected, if they were, only a company specialized in data recovery can recover your files, this is the next step. Contact Digital Recovery who will assist you in the complete recovery of your files.

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After first contacting us and sending the affected media we will diagnose the device to check the extent of the damage caused by the ransomware, with this we can project the duration of the process, and provide the budget to the customer. After the budget is approved by the customer, we start the recovery process, for this we have exclusive software that can, with the help of our specialists, reconstruct the data.
If the customer opts for remote recovery, instead of sending us the media, he/she will send the encrypted files to a virtual environment, which is totally safe, so that we can access them.
After the end of the process we will do a double check so that the customer can verify the integrity of the recovered files.
Payment is only made after delivery of the files and validation of the same by the client.

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