Conti Ransomware Recovery - A Nightmare for Big Corporations

Has CONTI Ransomware held your data hostage? If yes, you have a company wide emergency on your hands. Targeting corporations and enterprises, the Conti Ransomware attack is the costliest any business can face. It is a newer branding of the RYUK variant which has surfaced in June of 2020.

This page has all of the essential information about the Conti ransomware, decryption, recovery, removal and statistics. Please review the information below and contact our support team, to get fast help with Conti ransomware recovery.

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What is Conti Ransomware and how does it infect my files?

RYUK, first discovered in August of 2018 has already wreaked havoc across big corporations and companies. Conti, surfacing in July 2020 with patterns and ransomnotes eerily similar to RYUK’s characteristics such as AES 256 bit military grade encryption combined with RSA 4096.

Similar to Ryuk, Conti ransomware is increasingly a threat to corporations, and enterprises having large networks. While displaying similarities with Ryuk source code, Conti is smarter, quicker and faster in encrypting data and rendering the entire network useless. It has also been observed that Conti attacks are skyrocketing at a time when Ryuk is slowly fading away.

The AES 256/RSA 4096 encryption alongside 32 simultaneous encryption threads used to lock files at unsurpassed speeds is what makes this an extremely dangerous malware for corporations. This means that the Conti ransomware can encrypt an entire network much faster than most other existing strains of ransomware, wreaking havoc on corporations.

  • Here are some signs of a CONTI attack:
  • You receive a message in CONTI_README.TXT that your data is encrypted, demanding a payment often in millions of dollars.
  • File extensions change to .CONTI
  • Your IP address can be sniffed and blocked.
  • As much as up to 146 Windows application all related to security, backup and database are immediately blocked, rendering your entire network useless.
  • Since all files are encrypted, the system works extremely slow and sluggish.
  • Your system hard drives become complete dysfunctional.
  • Your antivirus protection is totally blocked.

What should I do when my data has been encrypted by CONTI Ransomware?

A variant of RYUK, Conti is smarter, sophisticated and more dangerous than the original ransomware. Corporations often find themselves targeted by Conti attacks. Since the targets are large enterprises and corporations, the demand for ransom payment is also much higher than most ransomware cases.

We strongly recommend you turn off all the systems on your network to avoid catastrophic loss of data, if and when you find your systems in the middle of the encryption process.

This helps in containing the spread of virus to the backup drives.

For more details please visit the Ransomware Information site.

Do not try in removing it by yourself. So far, there is no free or paid decryption tool and anyone claiming an easy fix is being deceptive at the very least.

BeforeCrypt can help you as a serious and highly-effective partner should you be infected by Conti ransomware. Thanks to our experience and knowledge, we can recover 100% of your encrypted data in most cases.

Keep calm! Contact us, and we can help you!

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CONTI RANSOMWARE STATISTICS & FACTS

Conti targets corporations and enterprises with a large IT infrastructure. As such, ransom payments are often much higher than other variants, often in line with Ryuk.

The average CONTI ransom amount is somewhere between $100,000–$350,000. However, some attackers have even demanded as high as $800,000 to over $1 Million. In addition, approximately 10% of Bitcoin exchange fees will apply to the use of quick-buy methods such as PayPal or credit card.

  • RYUK Ransomware average ransom in USD $

Since Conti attacks corporations, the average length of incident is longer than other ransomware. This is because of the manual communication with attackers through email, which adds a considerable delay in the response time and data recovery process.

Since this is an enterprise-level attack, the longer your systems and files are held hostage, the costlier it will be in terms of PR damage. Your goal should be to get your systems back to productive state as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to call in experts like BeforeCrypt, who have a vast knowledge of this ransomware. We can help you in getting your network back up running.

  • RYUK
  • All Ransomware

There is a high chance to get a working Conti decryptor after paying the attackers. But there’s never a guarantee to get a working decryption key at all. Since this is a new variant surfacing in June 2020, we still need more data to confirm whether or not a working decryptor is provided by attackers.

  • Paid Decryption Successful
  • Paid Decryption Failed

It is in most cases either Remote Desktop Protocol or email Phishing are the 2 leading attack vectors. Unfortunately, even enterprises fail to secure their open RDP ports.

Due to an increase in remote working, a lot of employees now work from home using remote desktop control, leaving the company’s network exposed to hackers and all sorts of cyber criminals. But it isn’t limited to Remote Desktop Protocol.

In fact, the most common methods of this ransomware distribution is email phishing.

  • Remote Desktop (RDP)
  • Phishing Emails
  • Security vulnerabilities
 CONTI MALWARE SUMMARY
NameCONTI Virus / CONTI Ransomware / CONTI Malware
Danger levelExtremely high. Targets corporations and uses 32 simultaneous methods for faster encryption
Release dateJune, 2020
OS affectedMicrosoft Windows
Appended file extensions.CONTI
Ransom noteContiReadMe.txt, CONTI_README.txt
Contact email address[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

HOW TO IDENTIFY CONTI RANSOMWARE

Conti Note #1: CONTI_README.TXT File

Conti Ransom Note #2: Text file

It has been observed that another variation of the Ransom note with all details is exactly similar to the RYUK variant, as follows:

Conti Ransomware Note

Gentlemen!

Your business is in serious danger.
There is a significant hole in your company’s security system. We’ve just penetrated your network.

You should thank the Lord that you were hacked by serious people and not by stupid schoolboys or dangerous punks.
They can damage all your important data just for fun.

Now your files are crypted using the strongest military algorithms RSA 4096 and AES-256.
No one can help you recover files without our special decoder.

Photorec, RannohDecryptor etc. repair tools are useless and can destroy your files irreversibly.

If you would like to restore your files, write an email to (Contacts are an the bottom of the sheet)
and attach 2-3 encrypted files (Each less than 5Mb, not archived and your files should not contain
valuable information (Databases, backups, large Excel data sheets, etc.).
You will receive decrypted samples and our conditions on how to get the decoder.
Don’t forget to write the framework of your company in the subject of your email.

You have to pay for decryption in bitcoins. The final price depends on how quickly you write to us.
Every day of delay will cost you an additional +0.5 BT. Nothing personal, just business

As soon as we get bitcoins, you’ll get all your decrypted data back.
Moreover you will get instructions on how to close the hole in security and how to avoid such problems in the future
+ We will recommend you special software that makes the most problems to hackers.

Attention! One more time!

Do not rename encrypted files.
Do not try to decrypt your data with third party software.

P.S. Remember, we are not scammers.
We don’t need your files and information.
But after 2 weeks, your files and keys will be deleted automatically.
Just send a request right after the infection.
All data will be restored absolutely.
Your warranty – decrypted samples.

Contact emails
BTC wallet:
<unique-wallet>

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No system is safe

Almost always, there is a * .txt or *.html file in every folder that has been encrypted. The text file usually has the name “CONTI_README.txt” or “CONTIREADME.html” and contains all the necessary information to contact the Conti attackers to get your data back. It’s usually safe to open this file, just be sure the full file extension is *.txt or *.html.

Conti Ransomware: Modified Filename Extensions

Conti Encrypted Files
Conti Encrypted Files

Conti file names just show a different file extension. Unlike other ransomware variants, Conti don’t includes an attacker email address or a unique ID in the filename. (Reference: BleepingComputer.com)

“file name.png.Conti”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How Does CONTI Ransomware Encrypt Files?

Conti encrypts each file with AES 256 bit encryption, and further encrypts with RSA 4096 bit public key encryption. This is done with simultaneous usage of 32 threads.

Can you decrypt my Conti Ransomware Files?

Depending upon the availability of decryptor, which seems impossible right now, there are slim chances of recovering your data. We can negotiate with the hackers to bring down the ransom payment and have a smooth recovery process.

How Does CONTI Ransomware Encrypt Files?

  1. Backup, Backup, Backup! Use a separated backup destination like a secure cloud storage provider or a local backup medium, which gets physically disconnected after a successful backup run.
  2. Install a Next-Gen-Antivirus. It combines a classic signature-based antivirus with powerful exploit protection, ransomware protection and endpoint detection and response (EDR).
  3. Install a Next-Gen-Firewall. Next-Gen-Firewall is also called Unified threat management (UTM) firewall. It adds a layer of security at every entry and exit point of your company data communication. It combines classic network security with intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, gateway antivirus, email filtering and many more.

Why Choose BeforeCrypt for CONTI Ransomware Recovery and Decryption Services?

  • Safe & Secure Negotiations with the hackers
  • Insurance Case Development and Documentation
  • Reporting Crime to FBI and Relevant Authorities
  • Ready availability of different cryptocurrencies for immediate disbursement on your behalf
  • FREE threat and damage assessment
  • Least possible time required to get your systems back online
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