Threat Database Ransomware Xash Ransomware

Xash Ransomware

Cybersecurity researchers have recently discovered a new and damaging malware threat known as the Xash Ransomware. Like other ransomware, Xash is designed to encrypt the victim's data, making it unusable until the attackers receive payment in exchange for the decryption keys. Once Xash infiltrates a system, it uses a powerful encryption algorithm to lock files of various types, such as documents, PDFs, archives, databases, images, audio and video files. Xash adds a new file extension, '.xash,' to the name of every file that it encrypts. In addition, a text file named '_readme.txt' is created, which serves as a ransom note outlining the hackers' demands.

Xash is part of the infamous STOP/Djvu Ransomware family, which is known for its high prevalence and severity. In addition, Xash may be distributed alongside other threatening programs, such as Trojans or spyware, which can collect sensitive or private information from the victim's device. Some examples of such infostealer threats that have been deployed alongside STOP/Djvu variants include RedLine and Vidar. Both of them are potent threatening tools that can collect and exfiltrate important or sensitive data from the infected systems.

The Xash Ransomware Renders the Files of Its Victims Inaccessible

The ransom note accompanying Xash Ransomware's attacks typically contains critical information for victims, including instructions on how to communicate with the attackers to retrieve their encrypted data. In the case of this particular ransomware, victims are given two email addresses - '' and '' - which they can use to contact the attackers within 72 hours to reduce the cost of the decryption software and key from $980 to $490.

Moreover, the note mentions that victims may submit a single encrypted file to the cybercriminals for decryption free of charge, provided that the file does not contain valuable information. However, it is not advisable to pay the ransom since there is no guarantee that the attackers will provide the decryption tools, even after receiving the payment.

It is worth noting that many ransomware threats can spread and encrypt additional data on infected machines and files stored on local network-connected computers. Therefore, prompt removal of the ransomware from affected operating systems is highly recommended to minimize the damage caused by the threat.

Crucial Steps to Ensure the Safety of Your Devices and Data

To protect their data and devices from ransomware threats, users should take several measures. Firstly, they should keep their operating systems and software up-to-date with the available security patches and updates. This can help significantly in the prevention of attacks exploiting known vulnerabilities in the system or software to infiltrate the device.

Being careful when accessing email attachments or clicking on links, especially those from unknown or suspicious sources, also is extremely important. It also is advisable to avoid downloading software or files from untrusted websites.

Make sure to deploy reputable anti-malware software and firewalls to protect any devices and networks from ransomware and other malware threats. Additionally, users should implement strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication where possible to prevent unauthorized access to their accounts.

Moreover, it is crucial to create regular backups of esential data to an external hard drive or a secure cloud storage service. This can ensure that in the event of a ransomware attack, users can recover their data without sending money to cybercriminals.

Lastly, users should stay informed about the latest ransomware trends and attack techniques and take proactive measures to protect their devices and networks. Knowing the risks and taking preventive actions can go a long way when it comes to reducing the likelihood and impact of a ransomware attack.

The full text of the ransom note delivered to the victims of the Xash Ransomware 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.
You can get and look video overview decrypt tool:
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.
Check your e-mail "Spam" or "Junk" folder if you don't get answer more than 6 hours.

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