Has Dharma Ransomware held your company’s files as a hostage? If files have encrypted with a .DHARMA extension and backups failed, it is a highly critical situation. Do not hesitate, we’re here to help you. This page provides complete information on Dharma ransomware, decryption, recovery, removal and statistics. Contact us now to help you in recovering from Dharma Ransomware Attack.
A Dharma Encryption Trojan is a so-called Ransomware Trojan that encrypts the entire PC or individual data on your network. First discovered around 21st October, 2017, the Dharma Ransomware was originally known as Crysis. Once files are encrypted, hackers demand a bitcoin payment to able to decrypt the files again.
There are over 30 variants of the virus with a number of file extensions such as .BMP, .BIP, and .COMBO including many others.
Just like many other ransomware, Dharma is also spread using an open RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) injecting the remote system with malicious files, thereby locking up and demanding a ransom payment.
When Dharma Ransomware infects your system, there are a number of precautionary steps that you can take to avoid the spread of virus to other computers in the network.
For starters, turn off your systems and disconnect them from the network. While not 100% guaranteed, this is a good way to help containing the spread of virus.
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Do not under any condition talk or negotiate with the hackers. These hackers are very smart and will use all possible means to inflict damage upon you. Call in data recovery experts like BeforeCrypt to help you in recovering your data.
Unfortunately, in some cases the data is so precious, companies cannot afford to let it go. And in times like these, there is many times no option other than paying the ransom. This is where BeforeCrypt comes in. We can talk and negotiate with the hackers. Leave this to us. We’ve been there, done that. We know how to deal with these cyber criminals and will help you in getting a dharma decryptor tool to safely recover your files.
BeforeCrypt can help you as a serious and highly-effective partner should you be infected by Dharma ransomware. Thanks to our experience and knowledge, we can recover 100% of your encrypted data in most cases.
The nature of a Dharma Ransomware attack is different depending on the hacker or hacker group behind the attack. This amounts to varying degrees of ransom amounts that each hacker or group charges.
The average Dharma ransom amount is somewhere between $2,000–$8,000. However, over the last year, the average amount has begun to exceed $8,000. In addition, approximately 10% of Bitcoin exchange fees will apply to the use of quick-buy methods such as PayPal or credit card.
- Dharma Ransomware average ransom in USD $
The Dharma ransomware downtime is a bit longer than normal ransomware attacks. The manual process of email-based communication with the attackers can add a considerable delay in the response time.
Depending on your company size and how often you use IT-systems in your daily business, this is the most expensive part of this incident. Additional to the unavailability of your IT-systems, this is damaging your company reputation.
Your goal should be to get your systems back to a productive state as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to call in experts, which have a vast knowledge of Dharma ransomware and get the IT-systems back up running.
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There is a high chance to get a working Dharma decryptor after paying the attackers. But there’s never a guarantee to get a working decryption key at all.
Depending on the file extension and email address of the attackers, there are different chances of getting a working Dharma decryptor after payment.
Some attackers have a good reputation for providing working Dharma decryptors. Others are known as scammers and will never give a Dharma decryptor.
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The most common attack vector for Dharma ransomware is an unsecured RDP-Connection (Remote Desktop Protocol). Followed up by phishing emails and security vulnerabilities.
- Remote Desktop (RDP)
- Phishing Emails
- Security vulnerabilities
The first sign of a Dharma Ransomware attack is that you’ll receive a message, which has 4 different color coded sections.
Instructions (First Section):
This is the most alarming part of any ransomware attack. You get a notice that your system has been hacked and all files are encrypted. You will receive a unique ID of the Ransomware case that you’ll need to communicate to them through email.
Free Decryption as Guarantee (Second Section):
As a proof that their decryptor works, the second section talks about how the victim can send 1 file to decrypt for free. This is intended to assure the victim that they’ll get a working decryptor key to decrypt their data.
How to Obtain Bitcoins (Third Section):
No hacker in their right mind would provide their banking coordinates or they’d be traced instantly, right? In this section, the hackers provide a medium to pay the ransom by purchasing bitcoin and sending them to an indicated bitcoin address.
Attention (The Last Section)!
Needless to state, this section provides in reality the most accurate advice that you need to follow.
“Do not rename encrypted files” They are right. If you try to rename your files extension, they won’t be restored, instead you’ll lose the data.
“Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software. It may cause permanent data loss.” This is 100% correct also. Latest versions of Dharma Ransomware cannot be decrypted with any free and/or paid decryption tool. Any use of a decryption software can potentially destroy the ability of your files to be restored at a later date.
“Decryption of you files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their price to our), or you can become the victim of a scam.” There are a number of unethical data recovery companies out in the wild disguising themselves as recovery experts, when they merely negotiate with the hackers without disclosing to you and have their share of the ransom. These companies only add fuel to fire and secretly collude with hackers in a highly unethical manner.
This is an average Dharma ransomware note.
All your files have been encrypted! All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail [email protected] Write this ID in the title of your message 000QQQ In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:[email protected] You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files. Free decryption as guarantee Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.) How to obtain Bitcoins The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price. https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here: http://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/ Attention! Do not rename encrypted files. Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss. Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
This is another indication of a Dharma attack. Cutting the long story short, all they ask you to do is simply to send them an email. There are no instructions as it is just a simple plain text message.
Almost always, there is a * .txt file in every folder that has been encrypted. The text file usually has the name “FILES ENCRYPTED.txt” or “RETURN FILES.txt” and contains all the necessary information to contact the Dharma Ransomware attackers to get your data back. It’s usually safe to open this file, just be sure the full file extension is *.txt.
Sometimes the attackers leave the encrypted files without any Dharma ransomware notes. The file name contains a generic and customized ID number and the attackers’ email. This Dharma ID number is always individual, and sometimes there are additional IDs if more than one system got encrypted by Dharma ransomware. The appended file extensions depend on the Dharma ransomware variant. The most common ones are .java, .cesar, .cezar, .wallet, .dharma, .arrow, .write, .onion,.adobe, .btc, .pdf and .waifu.
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- Don’t deal with criminals directly. Most companies don’t feel comfortable dealing with cyber-criminals. It can add a layer of stress and risk in this emergency. We handle all communication with the criminals for you according to all applicable laws and regulations to restore your data as fast as possible.
- Instant Ransomware Payment. We don’t recommend that you pay the ransom. But sometimes there’s no other way if backups and normal recovery methods fail. If you try to buy Bitcoins yourself, an intensive know-your-customer process is usually required, which takes 2-6 days for large amounts. To save you this trouble, we always have Bitcoins in stock and can make payments instantly.
- We don’t damage your data. We always use industry best practices to back-up your encrypted data, remove the Ransomware trojan and then restore your data with normal recovery methods or decrypt the data with the official software. This standardized process ensures that your data won’t get damaged and that the ransomware no longer spreads on your network.
- Easy Insurance Reporting: You receive a detailed report and a sample letter to easily submit all necessary information to your cyber-insurance. Cyber-insurance usually covers a huge part of the costs involved with ransomware incidents.
Depending on the Dharma variant, there are different types of Dharma decryptors. Dharma ransomware is based on a 2-way decryption process. You will receive a decryptor executable, mostly called “decryptor.exe”, which first is used to scan the entire computer, network drives, external HDDs and other removable devices. After this scan has finished, you get a “Request code”, this contains the public key request, and it is completely individual for each victim.
This “Request code” is sent over to the attackers, who then generate your decryption keys. The keys generated are unique for each person. A decryption key which you get from another victim, who has already received a Dharma decryption key, will not work for you.
Dharma ransomware creates multiple Windows registry entries, creates hidden executable files and sometimes opens a backdoor in firewalls for further access. There are multiple steps necessary, including the cleaning up of the Windows registry, scanning for malware and the manual cleanup of the Dharma ransomware. Depending on the system environment, it is sometimes safer and faster to reinstall the operating system.
The most common attack vector for Dharma ransomware is an unsecured RDP-Connection (Remote Desktop Protocol). It is followed up by phishing emails and security vulnerabilities.
- Backup, Backup, Backup! Use a separate backup destination like a secure cloud storage provider or a local backup medium which is physically disconnected after a successful backup run.
- Install a Next-Gen Antivirus. Next generation anti-virus software combines a classic signature-based antivirus with powerful exploit protection, ransomware protection and endpoint detection and response (EDR).
- Install a Next-Gen Firewall. A 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 other features.