Ransomware Research

About Armage


Armage was first discovered in July 2018 in enterprise cloud environments. Armage is found in environments with a number of different names, including QNBQW, zzz12, etc. For a full list of all names, please see below.

Name Armage
  • zzz12
First Seen July 2018

Behavior of Armage

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

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

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Characteristics of Armage

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


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 Armage ransomware is known to change.

Suffixes.qnbqw, .zzz12, .armage

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 Armage.

File NameNotice.txt


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

ExecutablesArmage.exe, Armage.ransom.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 Armage.

External Pages
  • mailto:qnbqwqe@protonmail.com
  • mailto:zzz12341@protonmail.com
  • mailto:armagedosevin@aol.com
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