Ransomware Research

About AES-NI


AES-NI was first discovered in June 2017 in enterprise cloud environments.

First Seen June 2017

Behavior of AES-NI

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

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

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Characteristics of AES-NI

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


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 ransomware is known to change.

Suffixes.lock, .aes256

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.

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


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


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.

External Pages
  • mailto:aes-ni@protonmail.com
  • mailto:aes-ni@tuta.io
  • mailto:0xc030@protonmail.ch
  • mailto:frogobigens@india.com
  • mailto:0xc030@tuta.io
  • mailto:aes-ni@sigaint.org
  • bitmessage:BM-2cVgoJS8HPMkjzgDMVNAGg5TG3bb1TcfhN
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