Ransomware Research

About Cephalo


Cephalo was first discovered in June 2019 in enterprise cloud environments.

Name Cephalo
First Seen June 2019

Behavior of Cephalo

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

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

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Characteristics of Cephalo

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


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 Cephalo 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 Cephalo.

File Name_READ_ME_.txt


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

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