Ransomware Research

About Cerberos


Cerberos was first discovered in April 2017 in enterprise cloud environments.

Name Cerberos
First Seen April 2017


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

Cyber SpLiTTer Vbs » Cerberos

Behavior of Cerberos

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

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

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Characteristics of Cerberos

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


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 Cerberos 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 Cerberos.

File NameRed@Please.txt


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

Executablescerberos.exe, pdf.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 Cerberos.

External Pages
  • mailto:cerberos-decrypter@lgmail.com
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