The Mine Ransomware is a threatening variant, belonging to the notorious STOP/Djvu Ransomware family. It is a threat designed specifically to target the data of its victims and lock it using a military-grade encryption algorithm. Affected documents, PDFs, archives, databases, pictures, photos, etc., will be rendered completely unusable. The goal of the attackers is to extort money from their victims in exchange for the potential restoration of the encrypted files.
One of the characteristics that set the Mine Ransomware apart from the countless other STOP/Djvu threats is the file extensions it uses to mark the encrypted files. Indeed, victims will notice that nearly all of the files stored on the compromised device now have '.mine' appended to their original names. In addition, the threat will create a '_readme.txt' file with the intention of delivering a ransom note to the victims.
Ransom Note's Overview
Reading the ransom-demanding message of the Mine Ransomware reveals that the cybercriminals responsible for the threat want to receive a ransom of exactly $980. However, that initial sum is not set in stone and victims can potentially cut it in half to $490. According to the instructions, the reduction in the ransom will be available to users that initiate contact within the first 72 hours of the ransomware attack. Apparently, victims also can test the ability of the threat actors to restore the affected data by sending one encrypted file to be unlocked for free. The chosen file must not contain any valuable information, though.
The full text of the note is:
Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like pictures, databases, documents and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase decrypt tool and unique key for you.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files.
What guarantees you have?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt it for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
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Price of private key and decrypt software is $980.
Discount 50% available if you contact us first 72 hours, that's price for you is $490.
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