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Phantom Ransomware

By GoldSparrow in Ransomware

Phantom Ransomware is a piece of malware that targets Chinese-based and, to a lesser extent, English-based users. Once inside the victim's computer, it encrypts the locally stored files using the AES encryption algorithm. It demands an undisclosed sum to be paid in Bitcoin in exchange for its restoration. All affected files will have their original names modified to include ".phantom" as a new extension. A ransom note named "!How_To_Decrypt_My_File_如何解密我的文件.hta" is generated by the ransomware. 

As we said, the Phantom Ransomware is used to infect Chinese users predominantly, and this becomes quite evident by the ransom note that displays a text in Chinese. The hackers also have included a handy English translation accessible through a button at the top of the window. The email left for contact is "," and it is stated that the ransom price will depend on how fast the victims contact the criminals. In an attempt to demonstrate their ability to return the locked files to their previous state, free decryption of 1 file that is less than 2 MB in size is offered.

The English text of the note is:

'If you want to restore them, write us to the email:

Write this Your ID in the body of your message

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 test as guarantee !

Integrity is our principle!

Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 2Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases, backups, large excel sheets, etc.)

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 !

Your ID:'

Although losing access to your private documents, photos, and videos suddenly may be scary, cybersecurity experts advise against initiating any communication with the criminals as it may lead to further security risks and loss of money.

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