Ransomware Research

About BlackBasta


BlackBasta was first discovered in April 2022 in enterprise cloud environments. BlackBasta is found in environments with a number of different names, including Black Basta, SafeMode, BlackBasta Doxware, etc. For a full list of all names, please see below.

Name BlackBasta
  • Black Basta
  • SafeMode
  • BlackBasta Doxware
First Seen April 2022


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

Conti » BlackBasta

Behavior of BlackBasta

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

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

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Characteristics of BlackBasta

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


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 BlackBasta 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 BlackBasta.

File Namereadme.txt
File Nameinstructions_read_me.txt


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

ExecutablesADA1.exe, UpdateReminder.exe, MONDIAL_c.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 BlackBasta.

External Pages
  • http://aazsbsgya565vlu2c6bzy6yfiebkcbtvvcytvolt33s77xypi7nypxyd.onion
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