Ransomware Research

About AESMew


AESMew was first discovered in September 2020 in enterprise cloud environments. AESMew is found in environments with a number of different names, including AESMewLocker, etc. For a full list of all names, please see below.

Name AESMew
  • AESMewLocker
First Seen September 2020

Behavior of AESMew

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

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

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Characteristics of AESMew

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


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 AESMew 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 AESMew.

File NameREAD_IT.txt

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 AESMew.

External Pages
  • mailto:me.aesmew@pm.me
  • mailto:aesmew@pm.me
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