There are several different variants of Dharma Ransomware
with different file extensions appended to the end of encrypted filenames.
Any files that are encrypted with Dharma Ransomware
(a new variant of CrySiS) will have an .[<email>].dharma
extension appended to the end of the encrypted data filename (i.e. [firstname.lastname@example.org].dharma, [email@example.com].wallet, [firstname.lastname@example.org].zzzzz) and leave files (ransom notes) named README.txt, README.jpg.
variant is a spoof of Locky Ransomware but the original filename is not renamed like the real Locky...see here
. Actual Locky
encrypted files will be renamed with random alpha-numerical characters and have the .zzzzz
extension appended to the end of the encrypted data filename in the following format (i.e. A65091F1B14A911F0DD0E81ED3029F08..zzzzz) as explained here
Unfortunately, there is no known way
at this time to decrypt files encrypted by Dharma variants without paying the ransom. Our crypto malware experts who analyze these infections suspect another cyber criminal forked the code and generated their own keys which were not part of the leaked master decryption keys for the original CrySiS variants.
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