The Pahd Ransomware is yet another ransomware threat spawned from the infamous and rather prolific STOP/Djvu malware family. Despite lacking any meaningful improvements over the base variants of the STOP/Djvu Ransomware family, the Pahd Ransomware is still a potent threat that can lock completely any computer it manages to infect. Users will be unable to access most of their personal or work-related files. The data encrypted by the threat will be held hostage by the cybercriminals who will then extort their victims for money.
Whenever the Pahd Ransomware encrypts a file, it will append '.pahd' as a new extension to that file's original name. Upon finishing the file encryption routine, the threat will drop its ransom note containing instructions for the victims. The ransom-bearing file is named '_readme.txt.'
According to the note, the cybercriminals behind Pahd Ransomware want to receive the sum of $980 if they are to help their victims. The hackers also promise to lower the price by 50% to $490, if the affected users establish contact within the first 72 hours of the ransomware infection. Two email addresses are provided for communication - 'firstname.lastname@example.org' and 'email@example.com.' As part of their message, users are allowed to attach a single locked file that will allegedly be decrypted for free.
The full text of Pahd Ransomware's 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.
Please note that you'll never restore your data without payment.
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