Ransomware Research

About BlackHeart


BlackHeart was first discovered in April 2018 in enterprise cloud environments. BlackHeart is found in environments with a number of different names, including BlackHeart, BlackRouter, Pay2me, M@r1a, BlackHat, Prodecryptor, Tor+, Tsar, Badboy, Alix1011RVA, etc. For a full list of all names, please see below.

Name BlackHeart
  • BlackHeart
  • BlackRouter
  • Pay2me
  • M@r1a
  • BlackHat
  • Prodecryptor
  • Tor+
  • Tsar
  • Badboy
  • Alix1011RVA
First Seen April 2018

Behavior of BlackHeart

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

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

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Characteristics of BlackHeart

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


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 BlackHeart ransomware is known to change.

Suffixes.BlackHat, .BlackRouter, .Prodecryptor, .Tor+, .Tsar, .Badboy, .Alix1011RVA

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 BlackHeart.

File NameReadME-BLackHeart.txt
File NameReadME-BlackRouter.txt
LocationDesktop, RootDiscs
File NameReadME-Prodecryptor@gmail.com.txt
File NameReadME-Unlockme501@protonmail.ch.txt
File NameReadME-Tsar.txt
File Namereadme.txt
File NameReadME-BadboyEncryption.txt
LocationDesktop, RootDiscs


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

ExecutablesTR.exe, SF.exe, BlackHeart.exe, BLACKROUTER.EXE, blackrouter.exe, BlackHeart Rasomware.bin, sparta.exe, blackheart.exe, ransom.exe, BlackHat.exe, 1.exe, Psycho.exe, BlackRouter.exe, Psycho.bin, Psycho.ex_, Prodecryptor.exe, $R3CHUP2.EXE, lio.exe, Badboymnb.exe, Drheshi@protonmail.com.exe, chaos@gmail.com.exe, support@lzt.design.exe.exe, Alix1011RVA.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 BlackHeart.

External Pages
  • mailto:vahidkhaz123@qmail.com
  • mailto:farhani.ma98@gmail.com
  • mailto:mehtihack051@qmail.com
  • mailto:prodecryptor@gmail.com
  • mailto:encrypt0rvps@gmail.com
  • mailto:unlockme501@protonmail.ch
  • mailto:recover10@tutanota.com
  • mailto:recoverunknown@aol.com
  • mailto:alix1011@protonmail.com
  • mailto:aryan.mo@yahoo.com
  • mailto:drheshi@protonmail.com
  • mailto:ellenfabiana01@protonmail.com
  • mailto:mrencptor@protonmail.com
  • mailto:support@lzt.desig
  • mailto:mrheshi@protonmail.com
  • telegram:@MAF420
  • telegram:@C3NTER
  • telegram:MOH3EN2
  • telegram:@EncryptorVps
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