Ransomware Research

About BianLian


BianLian was first discovered in July 2022 in enterprise cloud environments. BianLian is found in environments with a number of different names, including BianLian Extortion Group, BianLian Doxware, etc. For a full list of all names, please see below.

Name BianLian
  • BianLian Extortion Group
  • BianLian Doxware
First Seen July 2022


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


Behavior of BianLian

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

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

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Characteristics of BianLian

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


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 BianLian 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 BianLian.

File NameLook at this instruction.txt

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 BianLian.

External Pages
  • http://bianlianlbc5an4kgnay3opdemgcryg2kpfcbgczopmm3dnbz3uaunad.onion/
  • mailto:SWikipedia@mail2tor.com
  • TOX:A4B3B0845DA242A64BF17E0DB4278EDF85855739667D3E2AE8B89D5439015F07E81D12D767FC
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