Zaqi Ransomware

Zaqi Ransomware Description

The popularity of the STOP/Djvu Ransomware family among certain cybercriminal circles is not waning and more and more variants are being released into the wild. The cybersecurity community continues to be vigilant and is keeping an eye out for such new threats. One of the latest to be identified is Zaqi Ransomware. Although the variant fails to exhibit any meaningful improvements over the rest of the threats from the STOP/Djvu Ransomware family, it still possesses significant destructive potential. Other threats that have been used in recent attacks include Night Sky, NUNCATARDE and Dehd.

If deployed on the targeted computer successfully Zaqi will engage an encryption process utilizing an uncrackable cryptographic algorithm. As a result, victims will no longer be able to access the majority of their data stored on the infected device. Documents, PDFs, databases, archived, audio, video, image files, etc., will no longer be usable. Each encrypted file will have its name modified via the addition of '.zaqi' as a new file extension. Finally, a ransom note will be dropped on the device as a text file named '_readme.txt.'

Ransom Note's Overview

The ransom-demanding message of Zaqi is completely identical to the ones found in other STOP/Djvu threats. The demanded ransom is set at $980 but the attackers offer to decrease it by 50% to $490. Apparently, the only requirement is for victims to contact the cybercriminals at any point during the first 72 hours following the ransomware infection. To communicate with the hackers, victims are left with two email addresses - 'manager@mailtemp.ch' and 'helprestoremanager@airmail.cc.'

According to Zaqi's instructions, users also can attach a single encrypted file to their message. The file will supposedly be unlocked and returned for free as a demonstration of the hackers' ability to restore the victim's data. Keep in mind that if the file contains important information, it will not be decrypted.

The full text of the threat's note is:

'ATTENTION!

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:
hxxps://we.tl/t-vrpzF37NH7
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.

To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
manager@mailtemp.ch

Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
helprestoremanager@airmail.cc

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