Ransomware Research

About 3AM


3AM was first discovered in September 2023 in enterprise cloud environments. 3AM is found in environments with a number of different names, including Three-AM-time, 3AM Doxware, etc. For a full list of all names, please see below.

Name 3AM
  • Three-AM-time
  • 3AM Doxware
First Seen September 2023

Behavior of 3AM

3AM is known to target specific file types. Below are all known file types that 3AM is known to infect.

In some cases, ransomware will update the modified date, when it encrypts files. 3AM unknown the last modified date of the file it targets.

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Characteristics of 3AM

Here are some of the unique characteristics that are helpful to know about 3AM.


Some ransomware will change or append a suffix to the end of the file after they are encrypted, including changing the extension of a file. Here are some of the possible suffixes that 3AM ransomware is known to change.


Ransomware Notes

Not all ransomware leaves a note. However, some ransomware leaves the infected party instructions on what the user should do to get rid of the ransomware, or satisfy the ransom. This often involves transferring money, often bitcoin or another cryptocurrency to a designated wallet.

Below are the type(s) of notes, content, and typical locations where Elastio has found ransom notes from 3AM.

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