Ransomware
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Darkside Ransomware

According to the data, the first appearance of the Darkside Ransomware happened around August 2020. Since then, the group behind the Darkside attacks has been targeting companies in all industries around the world.

The vision of Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) has become increasingly democratised among cybercriminals. Making any holder of the malware, see themselves empowered to carry out an attack against a company. The only demand from the group that sold the malware is to receive a percentage of each attack.

Admittedly, many hacker groups carry out mass attacks on random companies with the hope that one of them will agree to pay the ransom. However, the Darkside group’s history of attacking companies has highlighted a very thorough company-study strategy.

The complexity of the attacks and the targeting of large companies has shown an advanced understanding of the victim’s security structure and systems.

Besides being organised in their attacks, the Darkside group practice the notorious double extortion. Once the attack has succeeded, they ask for a second ransom payment for the victim, threatening to make the stolen information public.

In other words, in exchange for their data, the company will have to pay a first ransom to get their data back and a second to keep the cybercriminals from taking sensitive information to the general public. Which in turn can have numerous consequences, such as a fine for not complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Darkside group remains careful not to launch ransomware into the environment before certifying that the area has been mapped, valuable data has been extracted, control of privileged accounts has been assumed and all backup systems have been discovered. Only then do they begin the encryption.

As much as the group behind the Darkside Ransomware has been updating their malware with its version 2.0 in March 2021, their attack methodology basically remains unchanged. They stake their conquests on the following steps:

  • Initial Access
  • Control of the Environment
  • Credential Gathering
  • Data Collection and Preparation
  • Encryption
Recover Darkside Ransomware

Recover Files Encrypted by Darkside Ransomware

Despite the prowess and level of complexity that Darkside ransomware possesses, Digital Recovery has been over the past few years, recovering data and saving companies from ransomware attack. We can rely on experts in encrypted data recovery. Our tools allow us to recover data on virtually any storage device, such as Servers, Databases, Virtual Machines, RAID systems, among others.

All these solutions have been developed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Due to the sensitivity of the data that a company may have, we also have a confidentiality agreement (NDA) for double security of your data.

Digital Recovery can now work remotely and, if the situation requires it, we offer emergency recovery. Our employees are available around the clock for any eventuality.

Regardless of the level of attack that your company has suffered, Digital Recovery may have the solution at hand. Contact our team and get your data recovered now.

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 go unnoticed, so it can disable all system defences without being noticed and start the process of encrypting files. Even if ransomware goes unnoticed by the system, it can be noticed by the user, as it uses system resources to perform the encryption, which can slow down the system. Ransomware also changes file extensions. So look out for these signs: slowing down the system and adding extensions to files. To find out more, talk to our experts.
Yes, this is possible. You can restart the computer in safe mode, which will limit the action of the ransomware since the system resources will be locked. You can also disconnect the computer from the Internet, which can interrupt the hackers’ connection to your system, it should be noted that there are ransomwares that work even without being connected to the Internet. You can also run diagnostics to identify threats with your antivirus software, the vast majority of antivirus software 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 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. To find out more, talk to our experts.
Yes, the attacks mainly take place on holidays and weekends, in the early hours of the morning. These days are chosen because there are not many active users on the system, making it impossible to discover the attack before the encryption is complete. To find out more, talk to our experts.
The vast majority of ransomware uses RSA [Rivest-Shamir-Adleman] -2048 and AES [Advanced Encryption Standard] encryption. To find out more, talk to our experts.
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 specialised cybercrime departments that will investigate the attack. Next, check if your backups have been affected, if so, only a specialist data recovery company can recover your files, this is the next step. Contact Digital Recovery who will assist you in the full recovery of your files. To find out more, talk to our experts.
After contacting us and sending the affected media, we will diagnose the device to verify the extent of the damage caused by the ransomware, which will allow us to predict the duration of the process and provide the client with a budget. Once the budget is approved by the client, we begin the recovery process, for which we have proprietary software that can, with the help of our specialists, reconstruct the data. If the client opts for remote recovery, instead of sending us the media, they will send the encrypted files to a virtual environment, totally secure, so that we can access them. At the end of the process, we will perform a double check so that the customer can verify the integrity of the recovered files. Payment is only made once the files have been delivered and validated by the client. To find out more, talk to our experts.
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