Ransomware Research

About Argus


Argus was first discovered in November 2018 in enterprise cloud environments. Argus is found in environments with a number of different names, including ArgusCryptor, etc. For a full list of all names, please see below.

Name Argus
  • ArgusCryptor
First Seen November 2018

Behavior of Argus

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

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

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Characteristics of Argus

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


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 Argus 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 Argus.



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

ExecutablesArgus.exe, Titan.exe, argus2.bin, ejkfhydz.exe, argus2.exe, Titan_protected.bin

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 Argus.

External Pages
  • http://argusqug6aw25gye.onion
  • mailto:argusdecrypt@cock.li
  • mailto:argusdecrypt@mailfence.com
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