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ProLock Ransomware

The ProLock ransomware follows a specific strategy when choosing its victims. This strategy is called “Big Game Hunting,” which refers to the fact that the group only attacks large companies.

This way, by having large companies or government networks as targets, the attackers are able to extract large payouts from the victims.

By the end of 2019 ProLock was already active, but under the name PwndLocker. In March 2020, researchers discovered a bug in the ransomware and made a decoder available for free.

After that, the group updated its ransomware to fix the known bugs, thus emerging a more powerful version that became known as ProLock.

According to security researchers, the ProLock ransomware uses the Qakbot Trojan horse to break into the system. Spam campaigns and malicious emails are the most common means of invasion for Qakbot.

Once the environment is hacked and the ransomware launched to encrypt data on a host, the group wants to target nearby computers to generate maximum damage.

This maneuver, called lateral movement, can be done through the Windows CVE-2019-0859 vulnerability to gain administrator-level access on infected hosts.

ProLock can use these credentials to move laterally across a network via RDP, having a wider reach that can cause a great deal of damage to the system and, consequently, to the functioning of an organization.

The ProLock group typically asks for ransoms ranging from 35 to 90 BTC (from $400,000 to $1,000,000 USD) and the trend is only increasing in the coming attacks.

Recover ProLock Ransomware

Recover Files Encrypted by ProLock Ransomware

Digital Recovery has 23 years of experience in the data recovery market. We have managed to develop unique solutions that allow us to recover data encrypted by ransomware.

Because we understand the damage that data loss can do to its victims, our team of engineers are ready to respond to any incident quickly and efficiently. We provide remote solutions for most services, preventing future damage.

With Digital Recovery, all information is legally regulated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We have drawn up our own confidentiality agreement (NDA), which will ensure that information is not exposed.

We can guarantee a fast, personalised and efficient service. Don’t waste time, talk to our team of experts and recover your data.

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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