Any files that are encrypted with AES Ransomware
will have the .aes256
extension appended to the end of the encrypted data filename and leave files (ransom notes) named !!! READ THIS - IMPORTANT !!!.hta, !!! READ THIS - IMPORTANT !!!.txt. The ransom note instructs victims to contact the cyber-criminals at "email@example.com", "firstname.lastname@example.org", "email@example.com", "firstname.lastname@example.org", "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org" to get payment instructions. The newest AES variant includes a note that it is related to the SPECIAL VERSION: NSA EXPLOIT EDITION.
You can submit samples of encrypted files and ransom notes to ID Ransomware
for assistance with identification
. This is a service that helps identify what ransomware may have encrypted your files and then attempts to direct you to an appropriate support topic where you can seek further assistance. Uploading both
encrypted files and ransom notes together provides a more positive match and helps to avoid false detections.
Unfortunately, there is no known way
to decrypt files encrypted by AES Ransomware without paying the ransom.
There is an ongoing discussion in this topic where victims can post comments, ask questions and seek further assistance. Other victims have been directed there to share information, experiences and suggestions.
Rather than have everyone with individual topics, it would be best (and more manageable for staff) if you posted any more questions, comments or requests for assistance in the above support topic discussion...it includes experiences by experts, a variety of IT consultants, end users and company reps who have been affected by ransomware infections. To avoid unnecessary confusion, this topic is closed.
The BC Staff