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Encrypted by Hermes 2.1 - any possibility to restore data?

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#1 micnyk


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Posted 31 March 2018 - 09:19 AM



I've been attacked by Hermes 2.1 ransomware with supportdecrypt@firemail.cc as contact e-mail.


Unfortunately, I have no backups of some very important files. I tried using data recovery tools to restore deleted files, shadow copies but nothing helped. There isn't any not encrypted copy of these files.


I read https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/640086/hermes-ransom-help-support-topic-decrypt-informationhtml-ransom-note/page-2 and as I understood there is not any way to decrypt files at the moment.


But did anyone tried to pay them? I know it is risky but it may be my only way to get my files back. 

Edited by hamluis, 31 March 2018 - 10:16 AM.
Moved from MRL to Ransomware - Hamluis.

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 01:50 PM

Michael Gillespie (Demonslay335) released a decrypter tool for victims of ealier variants of Hermes 1.0.Unfortunately, there is no known method to decrypt files encrypted by Hermes 2.x without paying the ransom and obtaining the private RSA keys from the criminals. Demonslay335 advised the malware developers have fixed the keygen flaw and added RSA-2048 to protect the AES keys. If possible, your best option is to restore from backups, try file recovery software or backup/save your encrypted data as is and wait for a possible solution at a later time.

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.

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