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Astro Locker Ransomware

The Astro Locker ransomware is the evolution of the Mount Locker ransomware; unlike other groups that change their name to fool authorities, this group changed their name to punctuate their evolution.

After the name change, the group appeared even more aggressive in its attacks and with its malware even more dangerous.

The Astro Locker ransomware script has been updated. Now, after the break-in, it focuses on disabling any program that could cripple the encryption or detect the break-in.

In addition to being programmed to fetch the backed up files, completely neutralising them, making it virtually impossible for the company to recover the files itself, it is worth noting that we specialise in recovering data encrypted by ransomware.

There are reports that after the invasion, the ransomware was hidden for several weeks modifying the company’s backup routines, and after completely weakening the backups the files were encrypted.

Think how disastrous that situation can be for a company. Ransomware groups have updated to do just that, undermine any chance of recovering the data without paying the ransom.

Astro Locker ransomware after breaking into a company’s system doesn’t start the encryption right away, instead it hides and starts moving laterally inside the system looking for sensitive files for companies, after locating them, they are copied and extracted to be used as blackmail in the future, this tactic is called double extortion.

The Astro Locker has focused its attacks mainly on biotechnology companies, these companies are extremely valuable to cybercriminals, because they have valuable intellectual property that no way can be leaked and can be accessed by their competitors. This is a determining factor for the quick payment of the ransom.

Astro Locker Ransomware

Recover Files Encrypted by Astro Locker Ransomware

Digital Recovery specialises in recovering files encrypted by ransomware, of any length. We have developed proprietary technology for this purpose.

The fact that we were able to develop a technology with Tracer, our proprietary technology, meant that we were able to recover data in cases that were considered impossible. Only time and experience can generate this expertise.

Throughout the entire recovery process, the client is accompanied by one of our specialists, who with constant feedbacks will keep the client up to date with each process.

We can recover encrypted files on virtually any storage device, whether HDDs, SSDs, Databases, Virtual Machines, RAID systems, Storages (NAS, DAS, SAN) and others.

All our processes are in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the confidentiality agreement (NDA).

Count on Digital Recovery to recover your data. Get in touch with our experts right 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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