ChatFortress Lockbit Ransomware Recovery Payment and Decryption Statistics
Posted on February 15, 2021 by Benjamin Bressington
Lockbit Ransomware Recovery, Payment, and Decryption Statistics
The information below describes relevant statistics of Lockbit ransomware recovery, payment, and decryption. The recovery process of Lockbit ransomware includes identifying the strain and the risk associated with pursuing a ransom payment for data decryption. Please review the information below, or contact our support team at help@ChatFortress.com, to learn more about Lockbit ransomware recovery, payment and decryption statistics.
HOW MUCH ARE Lockbit RANSOMWARE RANSOM DEMANDS?
Lockbit targets mid to large size enterprises and ransom amounts are scaled based on the size of the organization and the perceived capacity to pay. This group is also known to exfiltrate data, which leads to increased demands.
Lockbit RANSOMWARE: RANSOM AMOUNTS
Average Lockbit Ransom Payment (Jan 2021)
AVERAGE LENGTH OF Lockbit INCIDENT
Lockbit incidents reflect slightly less than average recovery times. The decryptor is fairly straightforward to use and the decryption rate depends on the complexity of the network.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM A Lockbit RANSOMWARE ATTACK?
Lockbit incidents generally have shorter recovery times than other variants. This group uses an automated TOR site for payment facilitation which can speed up the timeline for receiving a tool as well.
WHAT DATA RECOVERY RATE IS EXPECTED WHEN PAYING FOR A Lockbit RANSOMWARE DECRYPTOR?
The data recovery rate for Lockbit is relatively high. Similar to other variants, there are occasional issues with decrypting large files and databases when the files are not completely encrypted.
Lockbit RANSOMWARE: COMMON ATTACK VECTORS
- Remote Desktop Protocol
- Phishing Emails
- Software / Hardware Vulnerability
1. ARE THERE FREE Lockbit DECRYPTION TOOLS?
The majority of active Lockbit ransomware variants can not be decrypted by any free tool or software. If you submit a file example to us, we will have a look for free and let you know. There are also good free websites that you can upload a sample file to and independently check. You should NOT pay a data recovery firm or any other service provider to research your file encryption. They will use the same free resources noted above… so don’t waste your money or time!
2. HOW DID I GET INFECTED WITH Lockbit RANSOMWARE?
Most Lockbit ransomware is laid directly by a hacker that has accessed an unprotected RDP port, utilized email phishing to remote into a network via an employee’s computer, or utilized malicious attachments, downloads, application patch exploits or vulnerabilities to gain access to a network.
3. WHAT ARE RECENT Lockbit RANSOMWARE FILE EXTENSIONS?
Lockbit extensions are randomized. Encrypted files on a given network will have their own unique extension and a readme.txt ransom note will be stored on each host.
4. WHAT DOES A Lockbit RANSOM NOTICE LOOK LIKE?
The Lockbit note is usually named Restore-My-Files.txt. The note itself provides a TOR site used to contact the threat actor. A Non-TOR site is also provided but these sites are usually less secure, so we do not recommend using this option.
WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?
You will need to provide information from both the ransom notice and a sample encrypted file. We will schedule a call to discuss the severity of the attack, the operability of your company and the likely timeline / cost of recovering from the attack. You will also need to provide identifying information on your company, and an authorized representative of your company.
WHAT ABOUT FIRMS THAT HAVE TOLD ME THEY CAN DECRYPT MY FILES WITHOUT PAYING THE HACKER?
You should be extremely skeptical of any data recovery firm that claims they can decrypt ransomware. Typically they are just paying the cyber criminal without your knowledge and pocketing the difference between the ransom amount and what they will charge you. Know the facts before you engage. If the ransomware IS decryptable, the tool can be found for free. If not, purchasing a key from the cyber criminal is the only way to unlock your files. While ChatFortress does not condone paying cyber criminals, we recognize it is often the only choice if backups are not available or have become compromised as well. If that is the case, you deserve an honest, transparent experience. But paying a ransom demand can expose you to increased civil or criminal liability.
WILL THE RANSOMWARE PAYMENT BE SUCCESSFUL?
There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will result in a working decryption tool being delivered. However, ChatFortress believes that data aggregation can help customers make the most informed data-driven decisions. Since we handle lots of cases of the same ransomware types, we are able to share our experiences and help customers decide how to proceed.
HOW DO I UNLOCK MY FILES?
If the ransomware payment is successful, a decryption tool & key is provided by the hacker that can be used to manually decrypt your files.
HOW DO I PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?
There are some common security mis-configurations that lead mt-3 mb-3 to a ransomware attack. We can share some tips and resources for preventing future attacks, but encourage companies to perform a full forensic review or security assessment as soon as possible. Consistent investment in security IT is the best antidote to preventing future attacks. Learn more about the Business Cybersecurity System here.
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