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About AES-NI: April Edition

AES-NI: April Edition

AES-NI: April Edition was first discovered in April 2017 in enterprise cloud environments. AES-NI: April Edition is found in environments with a number of different names, including AES-NI : April Edition, SPECIAL VERSION: NSA EXPLOIT EDITION, etc. For a full list of all names, please see below.

Name AES-NI: April Edition
  • AES-NI : April Edition
First Seen April 2017


To better understand AES-NI: April Edition, we can trace it’s origins. Below is a snapshot of AES-NI: April Edition’s genealogy.

AES-NI » AES-NI: April Edition

Behavior of AES-NI: April Edition

AES-NI: April Edition is known to target specific file types. Below are all known file types that AES-NI: April Edition is known to infect.

In some cases, ransomware will update the modified date, when it encrypts files. AES-NI: April Edition resets the last modified date of the file it targets.

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Characteristics of AES-NI: April Edition

Here are some of the unique characteristics that are helpful to know about AES-NI: April Edition.


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 AES-NI: April Edition ransomware is known to change.

Suffixes.aes_ni, .aes_ni_0day

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 AES-NI: April Edition.

File Name!!! READ THIS - IMPORTANT !!!.txt


These are the names of the executables that contain the undetonated ransomware payload for AES-NI: April Edition.

Executablesmalware03, AES-NI.exe, virus.exe, AES-NI.bin, Ransom_HPSOREBRECT.SM.EXE.bin, AES-NI.ex, Sorebrect Ransomware.exe, leaks.7z

External Pages

Ransomware often links to external pages such as payment pages, telegram contacts, etc. Below are some of the URLs Elastio has found to be associated with AES-NI: April Edition.

External Pages
  • http://kzg2xa3nsydva3p2.onion
  • mailto:0xc030@protonmail.ch
  • mailto:zooolo@darknet.nz
  • mailto:0xc030@tuta.io
  • mailto:aes-ni@scryptmail.com
  • mailto:michell_nulled@protonmail.ch
  • mailto:aes-ni@scryptmail.comот
  • bitmessage:BM-2cVgoJS8HPMkjzgDMVNAGg5TG3bb1TcfhN
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