Zeppelin Ransomware (.zeppelin File Virus)

Zeppelin Ransomware
Zeppelin Ransomware
Written by Brendan Smith

About Zeppelin Ransomware

Zeppelin ransomware encrypts server and customer computers using AES encryption.

This family first started out as VegaLocker and then was renamed to Buran Ransomware, where it was promoted as Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS)

Zeppelin virus creates a file “!!! ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED !!!.TXT” with a buyback message in each folder where there are encrypted files. In addition to encrypting a victim’s files, the Zeppelin has also install the Azorult Spyware to steal account credentials, cryptocurrency wallets, desktop files, and more.

Zeppelin added to the encrypted files extension in 3×3 format, for example: .A21-13A-089 or .124-AAA-333 or just .zeppelin.

It can be spread by hacking through an insecure RDP configuration, using email spam and malicious attachments, deceptive downloads, botnets, exploits, web injects, fake updates, repackaged and infected installers.

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A new variant of Zeppelin, has recently been spotted in the wild targeting technology and healthcare companies across Europe, the United States, and Canada. However, if you reside in Russia or some other ex-USSR countries like Ukraine, Belorussia, and Kazakhstan, breathe a sigh of relief, as the ransomware terminates its operations if found itself on machines
Zeppelin Ransom note
Zeppelin Ransom note

Zeppelin Ransom note

!!! ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED !!!
All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted.
You are not able to decrypt it by yourself! The only method of recovering files is to purchase an unique private key.
Only we can give you this key and only we can recover your files.
To be sure we have the decryptor and it works you can send an email: cheet0s_de@protonmail.com and decrypt one file for free.
But this file should be of not valuable!
Do you really want to restore your files?
Write to email: cheet0s_de@protonmail.com 
Reserved email: Pringls_us@protonmail.com 
Your personal ID: XXX-XXX-XXX
Attention!
 * Do not rename encrypted files.
 * Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
 * Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
!!! ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED !!!
All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted.
You are not able to decrypt it by yourself! The only method of recovering files is to purchase an unique private key.
Only we can give you this key and only we can recover your files.
To be sure we have the decryptor and it works you can send an email: helpservis@horsefucker.org and decrypt one file for free.
But this file should be of not valuable!
Do you really want to restore your files?
Write to email: helpservis@horsefucker.org
Your personal ID: 781-1F7-E11
Attention!
 * Do not rename encrypted files.
 * Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
 * Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
!!! ALL YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED !!!

All your files, documents, photos, databases and other important files are encrypted.

You are not able to decrypt it by yourself! The only method of recovering files is to purchase an unique private key.
Only we can give you this key and only we can recover your files.

To be sure we have the decryptor and it works you can send an email: admin@datastex.club  and decrypt one file for free.
But this file should be of not valuable!

Do you really want to restore your files?
Write to email:admin@datastex.club 
Reserved email: admin@datastex.xyz 

Your personal ID: XXX-XXX-XXX

Attention!
 * Do not rename encrypted files.
 * Do not try to decrypt your data using third party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
 * Decryption of your files with the help of third parties may cause increased price (they add their fee to our) or you can become a victim of a scam.
Used sites for detecting country by IP
  • iplogger.org
  • geoiptool.com
Zeppelin virus delivery

The Zeppelin ransomware was delivered through ScreenConnect, a central web application remote desktop control tool.

ScreenConnect is designed to allow IT admins to manage remote computers and remotely execute commands on a user’s computer1.

Zeppelin source

Zeppelin detected by antivirus vendors:

MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Johnnie.204469
FireEye Generic.mg.a2ef611a5cccdb91
K7AntiVirus Trojan ( 005485311 )
BitDefender Gen:Variant.Johnnie.204469
K7GW Trojan ( 005485311 )
Cybereason malicious.0bdd93
Symantec Packed.Generic.553
APEX Malicious
Invincea heuristic
Endgame malicious (high confidence)
Microsoft Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.B!ml, Ransom:Win32/Zeppelin.A!MSR
Acronis suspicious
BitDefenderTheta Gen:NN.ZexaF.32515.jq0@a0pDsgbi
MAX malware (ai score=81)
Cylance Unsafe
SentinelOne DFI – Suspicious PE
CrowdStrike win/malicious_confidence_100% (D)
Qihoo-360 HEUR/QVM20.1.8263.Malware.Gen
Registry Keys associated with Zeppelin
\USER\S-*\Software\Buran V\Stop
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Zeppelin
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Zeppelin\Keys
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Zeppelin\Keys\Encrypted Private Key
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Zeppelin\Keys\Public Key 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Zeppelin\Knock 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Zeppelin\Paths
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Zeppelin\Paths\0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Zeppelin\Stop
Zeppelin Virus Files:
  • zaebalsiarealy.exe
  • LilDroidSoftwareload.exe
  • P1.exe
  • P2.exe
  • Oxfordnew.exe
  • Oxford.exe
  • Work.exe
  • Rdp.exe
  • Vid.exe
  • Vids.exe
  • Zeppelin.exe
  • doe_install.exe
  • 4.exe
  • Artvnch.exe
  • C:\.zeppelin
  • C:\Users\.zeppelin
Zeppelin Connections
  • angry_war@protonmail.ch
  • zeppelindecrypt@420blaze.it
  • zeppelin_helper@tuta.io
  • zeppelin_decrypt@xmpp.jp

Zeppelin has not reached the level of Ryuk, REvil, Maze, Bitpaymer, and DoppelPaymer in terms of wide scale distribution, this is definitely a ransomware family to keep an eye on as they evolve their attack methods and bring on new affiliates.

How to remove Zeppelin virus?

In addition to encode a victim’s files, the Zeppelin virus has also started to install the Azorult Spyware on PC to steal account credentials, cryptocurrency wallets, desktop files, and more.
Reasons why I would recommend GridinSoft2

There is no better way to recognize, remove and prevent ransomware than to use an anti-malware software from GridinSoft3.

Download Removal Tool.

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Run the setup file.

When setup file has finished downloading, double-click on the install-antimalware-fix.exe file to install GridinSoft Anti-Malware on your system.

Run Setup.exe

An User Account Control asking you about to allow GridinSoft Anti-Malware to make changes to your device. So, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.

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Press “Install” button.

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Once installed, Anti-Malware will automatically run.

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Wait for the Anti-Malware scan to complete.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware will automatically start scanning your system for Zeppelin infections and other malicious programs. This process can take a 20-30 minutes, so I suggest you periodically check on the status of the scan process.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware Scanning

Click on “Clean Now”.

When the scan has finished, you will see the list of infections that GridinSoft Anti-Malware has detected. To remove them click on the “Clean Now” button in right corner.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware Scan Result

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References

  1. ConnectWise Control Abused Again: https://blog.morphisec.com/connectwise-control-abused-again-to-deliver-zeppelin-ransomware
  2. GridinSoft Anti-Malware Review from HowToFix site: https://howtofix.guide/gridinsoft-anti-malware/
  3. More information about GridinSoft products: http://gridinsoft.com/products/

About the author

Brendan Smith

Journalist, researcher, web content developer, grant proposal editor. Efficient and proficient on multiple platforms and in diverse media. Computer technology and security are my specialties.

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