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Recently got RANSOMMED... Restored files but will they steal my data?

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#1 convenant


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 04:12 PM

Dear Bleeping Computer community,


I recently got Ransomwared. This happened on Dec 22nd while we were away, and the computer is now disconnected from the internet. Luckily, most of the files that were encrypted were cloud-based files. This means we will be able to manually restore them to the current version.


Hence, my primary concern is: if the files contained sensitive information, are they in jeopardy, or are the ransommers looking exclusively for the money payout, which we haven't paid because by the time we discovered we got encrypted, the deadline they gave us was already past. 


I also ran an encrypted file in the website you guys use to identify which ransomware it was, and it didn't turn out positive. 


Thank you so much,





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#2 Demonslay335


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 06:27 PM

What was the result of ID Ransomware - if it didn't identify anything, we need the SHA1 it gives you to manually inspect the files.

Most ransomware doesn't actually dox the data, they just want the money. It still depends on the criminals and whether it was a targeted attack.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 07:58 PM

Typically with ransomware, the cyber-criminals aren't interested in the content of your data...their primary interest is in obtaining a ransom payment for financial gain. However in most ransomware cases there is no way to know for sure if the cyber-criminals actually steal any of the file information for further criminal activity.
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Posted 30 December 2016 - 07:20 AM

I don't know of any ransomware that is also sending the files themselves to the criminals. So it is very unlikely that the files got stolen unless it happened by another infection on the same system. Even if a system is infected by a trojan stealer, those typically search for passwords, usernames and keys on the system and will not send random files.

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