The Hkgt ransomware is one of the dozens of Djvu ransomware variants that have sprouted up in the last few weeks.
The ransomware does everything you would expect it to do, just like its clones. It encrypts media, archive and document file types, leaving them scrambled and useless. Once encryption completes, the ransomware appends a new extension to files, adding ".hkgt". This means that a file formerly named "waterfall.jpg" will transform into "waterfall.jpg.hkgt" once it is encrypted.
The ransom note is dropped inside a file called "_readme.txt" and contains the same template used by other recent Djvu clones. The initial ransom demand is $490, and that turns into $980 if the ransom is not paid within 72 hours. Of course, paying the ransom is never advisable, as you have no guarantees you will receive a working decryption tool.
The full text of the ransom note goes as follows:
Don't worry, you can return all your files!
All your files like photos, 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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