Darj Ransomware Makes Computer Files Unreadable
Malware experts discovered Darj while they were examining malware samples that had been submitted to VirusTotal. This ransomware is a member of the Djvu family and it works by encrypting data and then adding the ".darj" extension to filenames, along with a "_readme.txt" ransom note. A typical example would be a file called "1.jpg" that would be transformed into "1.jpg.darj". It is possible that criminals are distributing Darj together with other malware such as RedLine or Vidar.
The ransom note provides instructions on how to make contact and payment, including an email address (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and a warning that if victims do not contact the threat actors within 72 hours, the price of the decryption software and key will increase from $490 to $980. Additionally, the ransom note offers victims the option to submit one encrypted file for free decryption before purchasing the required tools.
Darj Ransom Claims Ransom is Doubled After 72 Hours
The complete text of the Darj ransom note reads as follows:
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.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:
Reserve e-mail address to contact us:
Your personal ID:
How Can You Safeguard Your System from Ransomware Like Darj?
The best way to safeguard your system from ransomware like Darj is to practice basic cybersecurity hygiene. This includes making sure that all of your software, operating systems, and computer updates are kept up-to-date on a regular basis. Additionally, it’s important to keep antivirus software installed and running at all times. This can help to detect and remove any malicious software before it can do any damage.
You should also be sure to have a reliable backup system in place so that if your system is hacked, you’ll still have access to all of your important files. Additionally, it’s a good idea to practice safe browsing habits by avoiding suspicious links and websites.
Finally, it’s important to be vigilant and aware of any suspicious emails or messages that you may receive, as they could potentially contain malware or malicious links. If you are ever unsure about the validity of a message, don’t open or download it. Instead, delete it immediately. By following these simple practices, you can help to protect your system from ransomware like Darj.