The Readnet Ransomware is a variant from the MedusaLocker malware family. Despite the threat lacking any significant improvements compared to the rest of the varian from the MedusaLocker Ransomware family, its ability to cause damage should not be underestimated. Cybercriminals can utilize the Readnet Ransomware to lock the data of corporate entities, as well as individual users and then extort the victims for money. Files, such as documents, PDFs, archives, databases, etc., stored on the breached devices will be rendered unusable via a strong encryption routine.
All files locked by the Readnet Ransomware will have the extension '.Readnet7' appended to their original names. Users should keep in mind that the specific number found in the new extension could vary. The threat also creates a new HTML file on infected systems. The file named 'HOW_TO_RECOVER_DATA.html' contains a lengthy ransom note detailing the demands of the threat actors.
According to the ransom note, the operators of the Readnet Ransomware are running a double-extortion operation. The attackers state that apart from locking the data of the chosen target, they have also exfiltrated sensitive information from the breached systems that is now stored on a server under their control. The main communication channel mentioned in the note is a dedicated Tor website, but victims also can try to reach the attackers by messaging their two email addresses at 'firstname.lastname@example.org' and 'email@example.com.' According to the message, the size of ransom that victims will need to pay will be higher, after a period of 72 hours following the Readnet Ransomware attack.
The full text of the threat's note is:
'YOUR PERSONAL ID:
/!\ YOUR COMPANY NETWORK HAS BEEN PENETRATED /!\
All your important files have been encrypted!
Your files are safe! Only modified. (RSA+AES)
ANY ATTEMPT TO RESTORE YOUR FILES WITH THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE
WILL PERMANENTLY CORRUPT IT.
DO NOT MODIFY ENCRYPTED FILES.
DO NOT RENAME ENCRYPTED FILES.
No software available on internet can help you. We are the only ones able to
solve your problem.
We gathered highly confidential/personal data. These data are currently stored on
a private server. This server will be immediately destroyed after your payment.
If you decide to not pay, we will release your data to public or re-seller.
So you can expect your data to be publicly available in the near future..
We only seek money and our goal is not to damage your reputation or prevent
your business from running.
You will can send us 2-3 non-important files and we will decrypt it for free
to prove we are able to give your files back.
Contact us for price and get decryption software.
Note that this server is available via Tor browser only
Follow the instructions to open the link:
Type the addres "hxxps://www.torproject.org" in your Internet browser. It opens the Tor site.
Press "Download Tor", then press "Download Tor Browser Bundle", install and run it.
Now you have Tor browser. In the Tor Browser open .onion
Start a chat and follow the further instructions.
If you can not use the above link, use the email:
To contact us, create a new free email account on the site: protonmail.com
IF YOU DON'T CONTACT US WITHIN 72 HOURS, PRICE WILL BE HIGHER.'