Ransomware Research

About Balbaz


Balbaz was first discovered in August 2017 in enterprise cloud environments.

Name Balbaz
First Seen August 2017


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

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Behavior of Balbaz

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

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

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Characteristics of Balbaz

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


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 Balbaz 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 Balbaz.

File NameREAD_IT.txt


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

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