Ransomware Research

About Akira


Akira was first discovered in June 2023 in enterprise cloud environments.

Name Akira
First Seen June 2023

Behavior of Akira

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

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

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Characteristics of Akira

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


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 Akira 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 Akira.

File Nameakira_readme.txt


These are the names of the executables that contain the undetonated ransomware payload for Akira.

Executableswin_locker.exe, akira, akira.exe, lck, lck.bin, lck.exe

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 Akira.

External Pages
  • http://akiral2iz6a7qgd3ayp3l6yub7xx2uep76idk3u2kollpj5z3z636bad.onion
  • http://akiralkzxzq2dsrzsrvbr2xgbbu2wgsmxryd4csgfameg52n7efvr2id.onion
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