Ransomware Research

About Aurora

Aurora

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

Name Aurora
AKA
  • OneKeyLocker
First Seen May 2018

Genealogy

To better understand Aurora, we can trace it’s origins. Below is a snapshot of Aurora’s genealogy.

Aurora » AnimusLocker,ONI
Targeting

Behavior of Aurora

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

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

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Characteristics of Aurora

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

Suffixes

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 Aurora ransomware is known to change.

Suffixes.Aurora, .Nano, .cryptoid, .peekaboo, .isolated, .infected, .locked, .veracrypt, .returndata, .masked, .crypton

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 Aurora.

Typefile
File Name#RECOVERY-PC#.txt
Typefile
File Name#RECOVERY_FILES#.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File NameCRYPTOID_BLOCKED.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_READ_ME_@@.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_TAKE_A_LOOK_@@.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_HELPER_@@.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_FILES_ARE_ENCRYPTED_@@.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_HOW_TO_RETURN_DATA_@@.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_RECOVERY_INSTRUCTIONS_@@.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name#DECRYPT_MY_FILES#.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_ATTENTION_@@.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_README_@@.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_RECOVERY_@@.txt
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@_FILES_WERE_ENCRYPTED_@.TXT
Typefile
File Name@@_OpenTheBrowserTOR_@@.html
LocationEveryFolder
Typefile
File Name@@_Открыть_В_Браузере_TOR_@@.html
LocationEveryFolder

Executables

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

Executablesmyfile.exe, a.exe, List.exe, RegAsm.exe, Sample_5bb53d72b5bce37484b76bd9.exe, RegAsm3.exe, tree.exe, RICKROLL.exe, 2.jpg, cfe5a746.gxe, 6C92EJ6A.exe, java.exe, pl.exe, 2.exe, 1.exe, QC17GKO3.exe, R.exe, loker.exe, Masked (Aurora), svchost.exe, EffectivelyCloneable, 01-03_185.222.202.213_33B1F895B3905D4591207565EBFEFEF4_mtx777.exe, 945.tmp.exe, ljfnub.exe, mtx777.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 Aurora.

External Pages
  • http://76wc6dazfx7cfudncrd5w4vsgkookl6trqwdxuplfnws6olhtvuyomqd.onion
  • http://xk3yp2osptypu32wx2jpvzrmvisxqskayktrnpq6gpoqf4gy3tzhzoad.onion
  • mailto:anonimus.mr@yahoo.com
  • mailto:lenboza@protonmail.ch
  • mailto:big.fish@vfemail.net
  • mailto:response@cert-gib.ru
  • mailto:oktropys@protonmail.com
  • mailto:nano18@airmail.cc
  • mailto:iambaronsaturday@gmail.com
  • mailto:rickastley@keemail.me
  • mailto:krkcdkkn@gmail.com
  • mailto:perdrolan@cock.li
  • mailto:testodin@cock.li
  • mailto:backup@rape.lol
  • mailto:support@pm.me
  • mailto:my1@promotest.zadc
  • mailto:xxxbeluga@gmail.com
  • mailto:returndata@protonmail.com
  • mailto:returnfiles@xmpp.jp
  • mailto:backupyourfiles@420blaze.it
  • mailto:spacedatax@gmail.com
  • mailto:lordrobbot@yahoo.com
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