FortiGuard Labs has become aware of several ransomware strains that caught the public's attention for the week of June 20th, 2022. It is imperative to raise awareness about ransomware variants because infections can cause severe damage to organizations. This week's Ransomware Roundup Threat Signal covers eCh0raix, DeadLocker and Kawaii ransomware along with the Fortinet protections against them.
What is eCh0raix Ransomware?
eCh0raix, also known as QNAPCrypt and Qlocker, is a ransomware that has been in the field since 2019, and targets QNAP and Synology Network-Attached-Storage (NAS) devices. It encrypts files on those devices and adds a file extension such as ".encrypt" or ".muhstik", and leaves a ransom note in "README_FOR_DECRYPT.txt". Some eCh0raix's ransom notes reportedly have a ".txtt" extension rather than ".txt", which is considered as misspelling by the attacker. eCh0raix threat actors are known to typically ask for small amount of ransom ($1000 ~ $3000) in Bitcoin through a Onion site for file decryption.
eCh0raix ransomware's ransom note
In May 2021, QNAP released an advisory warning QNAP users of eCh0raix ransomware targeting QNAP devices using weak passwords or outdated QTS firmware. QNAP again issued an advisory in June 2021 that eCh0raix ransomware was observed to have exploited several QNAP vulnerabilities in Photo Station (CVE-2019-7192, CVE-2019-7193, CVE-2019-7194, CVE-2019-7195). Those vulnerabilities were patched in late 2019. In mid-2021, a report surfaced that a vulnerability in Hybrid Backup Sync (HBS3) was exploited by eCh0raix ransomware. Assigned CVE-2021-28799, the vulnerability allows remote attackers to log in to vulnerable QNAP devices and install the ransomware. QNAP issued a patch for CVE-2021-28799 in April 2021.
The advisory for eCh0raix ransomware issued by QNAP recommends the following actions to prevent eCh0raix infection:
- Use stronger passwords for your administrator accounts.
- Enable IP Access Protection to protect accounts from brute force attacks.
- Avoid using default port numbers 443 and 8080.
- Update QTS to the latest version.
- Update all installed applications to their latest versions.
Oh no!!!!All your files are locked by DeadLocker1-) What can I do?You can't do much, you need a special password to open the files.2-) How can I get my files back?You need to send 1 year of nitro or $650, if you pay within 72 hours it will be reduced to $3253 - ) Where will I pay?You can contact [reducted] and get the address to send the nitro or $650Encrypted Files:[List of encrypted files]