Dharma Ransomware

Also Known As: Dharma virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

Dharma ransomware removal instructions

What is Dharma?

Dharma is a new variant of Crysis - a high-risk ransomware-type virus. Following successful infiltration, Dharma encrypts stored files using asymmetric cryptography. In addition, this file-encoder appends: ".KICK", ".crash", ".harma", ".PLUT", ".wal", ".txt", ".FREDD", "[Lockhelp@qq.com].Gate", ".LDPR", ".stun", ".back", ".adobe", ".boost", ".[paydecryption@qq.com].brrr", "[symabkp@protonmail.com].bip", ".[paymentbtc@firemail.cc].cmb", ".[combo@tutanota.de].combo", ".[Beamsell@qq.com].bip", ".[needyoulove@cock.li].java", ".[pain@onefinedstay.com].java", ".arrow" ".java", ".arena", ".[black.mirror@qq.com].cesar", .[Gladius_Adeptus@aol.com].onion, ".[Satan-Stn@bitmessage.ch].wallet", ".[aligi@zakazaka.group].wallet", ".[moneymaker2@india.com].wallet", ".[legionfromheaven@india.com].wallet", ".[destroed_total@aol.com].wallet", ".[stopper@india.com].wallet", ".[fire.show@aol.com].wallet", "[mkgoro@india.com].xtbl", ".[bitcoin143@india.com].dharma", ".[Mkliukang@india.com].wallet" or .[lavandos@dr.com].wallet extensions to the name of each encrypted file (e.g., "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.[bitcoin143@india.com].dharma"). Other variants use the ".[worm01@india.com].dharma" extension. Unlike its previous version, however, Dharma does not change the desktop background, but creates a text file ("README.txt" or "Document.txt.[amagnus@india.com].zzzzz") and places it in each folder containing compromised files.

Dharma's text file contains a very short message stating that the victim's computer is unprotected, and that developers can solve this problem and restore the encrypted files. To receive help, victims must contact Dharma's developers via an email address provided (bitcoin143@india.com). Further instructions are then provided. As mentioned, Dharma encrypts files using asymmetric algorithm and, therefore, public (encryption) and private (decryption) keys are generated during the process. The private key is stored on a remote server controlled by the developers. Decryption without this key is impossible and a ransom demand is made to receive it. The cost is currently unknown, however, cyber criminals responsible for the development of ransomware usually demand $500-$1000 Bitcoins. Be aware, however, cyber criminals often ignore victims, despite payments made. Therefore, you should never attempt to contact these people or pay any ransom. There is a high probability that you will be scammed. Manually restoring files encrypted by Dharma is currently impossible (there are no tools capable of performing this function). Therefore, the only solution is to restore your files/system from a backup.

Screenshot of a message (README.TXT) encouraging users to contact cyber criminals to decrypt their compromised data:

Dharma decrypt instructions

Research reveals that all ransomware-type viruses are virtually identical. As with Dharma, malware such as Locky, CTB-Locker, .thor, JohnyCryptor, and many others, also encrypt files and demand ransom payments. Most ransomware employs asymmetric cryptography (unlike symmetric cryptography, the encryption and decryption keys are different). Therefore, the only major difference is size of ransom. These viruses are usually distributed using spam emails (infectious attachments), peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and other similar third party download sources (free file hosting websites, freeware download websites, etc.), fake software update tools, and trojans. Therefore, you should never open any files received from suspicious/unrecognizable emails or download files/software from unofficial sources. Furthermore, keep your installed applications up-to-date and use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite. The key to computer safety is caution.

Threat Summary:
Name Dharma virus
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
Symptoms Can't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
Damage All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Ransom demanding message displayed by this ransomware:

dharma ransom demanding message

Text presented in this message:

hallo, our dear friend!
looks like you have some troubles with your security
all your files are now encrypted
using third-party recovering software will corrupt your data
you have only one way to get them back safety - using our decryption tool
to get original decryption tool contact us with email is subject like write your ID which your can find
in name of every encrypted file, also attach to email 3 crypted files.
lavandos@dr.com
It is your interest to respond as soon as possible to ensure the restoration of your files because we won’t keep your decryption keys at our servers more than 72 hours in interest of our security
PS. only in case you don’t receive a response from the first email address within 24 hours, please use this alternative email address lavandos@india.com

Message presented within the (README.TXT) text file:

ATTENTION!
At the moment, your system is not protected.
We can fix it and restore files.
To restore the system write to this address:
bitcoin143@india.com

Screenshot of files encrypted by Dharma (".[bitcoin143@india.com].dharma", ".[worm01@india.com].dharma" or .[lavandos@dr.com] extension):

Dharma decrypt instructions

Update 2017, March 2 - Cyber criminals have updated this ransomware. It now creates a separate file for each encrypted one. Encrypted files now get “.serial number-info@kraken.cc_worldcza@smail.cz extension”. For example 1.jpg file after encryption would appear as 1.jpg.SN-1007508131057606-info@kraken.cc_worldcza@email.cz Below are screenshots of how it looks like.

Wallpaper:

dharma updated variant wallpaper

Encrypted files:

dharma updated variant encrypted files

Update 26 March, 2018 - Cyber criminals have updated the appearance of this ransomware. Current variant adds ".arrow" extension to encrypted files and presents it's ransom demanding message in FILES ENCRYPTED.txt file.

Ransom demanding message in a pop-up window:

dharma ransomware updated variant pop-up window

Text presented in this pop-up:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail aidaclark2@aol.com
Write this ID in the title of your message 1E857D00
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:nikki.lond2@aol.com
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 5 files for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 10Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
https://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
http://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/
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.

Ransom demanding message in a FILES ENCRYPTED.txt file:

dharma ransomware files encrypted.txt file

Text presented in this file:

all your data has been locked us
You want to return?
write email aidaclark2@aol.com or nikki.lond2@aol.com

The appearance of files encrypted by this variant of Dharma ransomware (.arrow file extension):

dharma ransomware updated variant encrypted files (.arrow extension)

Update May 9, 2019 - Cyber criminals have recently started spreading Dharma ransomware by using the notorious "bundling" method. To be more specific, crooks use ESET AV Remover as a disguise. The installer is typically proliferated using email spam campaigns which contain messages (supposedly, Microsoft company warnings) claiming that the system is infected and that users should immediately scan download a malware removal tool. At the time of research emails contained an attachment - download link of the "remover", which is packed to a password-protected (self-running) archive named "Defender.exe". Password is provided in the email as well. Now, once extracted, the archive drops an outdated ESET AV Remover installer named "Defender_nt32_enu.exe" into the system. Additionally, it drops "taskhost.exe" file to "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\" directory and automatically runs it. This "taskhost.exe" process instantly starts encrypting data without users' consent. The aforementioned "Defender_nt32_enu.exe" is automatically executed as well. Now what's interesting is that both "Defender.exe" email attachment and dropped "Defender_nt32_enu.exe" file have Windows Defender's icon, while in reality one is an archive and the other one is ESET AV Remover 's installer. Nevertheless, it is a mere disguise used to draw victims attention from the "taskhost.exe" file which is encrypting while victim is trying to install the remover. Again, the ESET AV Remover's installer is genuine (yet outdated) and harmless. The file responsible for all the damage caused is "taskhost.exe". At the time of research this method was used to spread Dharma's .ETH variant.

Screenshot of deceptive email used to distribute Dharma ransomware:

Dharma .ETH ransomware promoting email (Defender.exe attachment)

Screenshot of "taskhost.exe" process in Windows Task Manager. Now be aware that "taskhost.exe" is a name of genuine Microsoft Windows operating system's process. Typically, the system runs multiple "taskhost.exe" instances at once to handle a number of different tasks. Cyber criminals often attempt to take advantage of such situations and disguise malicious applications by using names of genuine system's processes. It is important to know that the genuine processes barely use any system's resources, while encrypting process may take up to 100% of system's CPU (depending on how powerful the system is). Therefore, determining which process is malicious is rather easy.

Dharma .ETH ransomware pretending to be taskhost.exe process

Screenshot of the ESET AV Remover's installer:

ESET AV Remover distributed alongside with Dharma .ETH ransomware

Screenshot of pop-up window displayed by Dharma's .ETH variant:

Dharma .ETH ransomware pop-up

Text presented within this pop-up:

All your files have been encrypted!
All your files have been encrypted due to a security problem with your PC. If you want to restore them, write us to the e-mail Enigma1crypt@aol.com
Write this ID in the title of your message 1E857D00
In case of no answer in 24 hours write us to theese e-mails:Enigma1crypt@aol.com
You have to pay for decryption in Bitcoins. The price depends on how fast you write to us. After payment we will send you the decryption tool that will decrypt all your files.
Free decryption as guarantee
Before paying you can send us up to 1 file for free decryption. The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non archived), and files should not contain valuable information. (databases,backups, large excel sheets, etc.)
How to obtain Bitcoins
The easiest way to buy bitcoins is LocalBitcoins site. You have to register, click 'Buy bitcoins', and select the seller by payment method and price.
hxxps://localbitcoins.com/buy_bitcoins
Also you can find other places to buy Bitcoins and beginners guide here:
hxxp://www.coindesk.com/information/how-can-i-buy-bitcoins/
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.

Screenshot of text file ("FILES ENCRYPTED.txt") created by Dharma's .ETH variant:

Text file created by Dharma's .ETH variant

Text presented within this file:

all your data has been locked us
You want to return?
write email Enigma1crypt@aol.com

Screenshot of files encrypted by Dharma's .ETH variant (".ETH" extension):

Files encrypted by Dharma's .ETH variant

Threat Summary:
Name Defender.exe email attachment
Threat Type Trojan, Password stealing virus, Banking malware, Spyware
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.31830159), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Filecoder.Crysis.P), Kaspersky (Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Crusis.dgw), Full List (VirusTotal)
Payload Dharma's .ETH variant
Malicious Process Name(s) taskhost.exe (Dharma's .ETH variant)
Symptoms Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.
Damage Stolen banking information, passwords, identity theft, victim's computer added to a botnet.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Update March 10, 2020 - Cyber criminal group known as PARINACOTA is continually spread Dharma ransomware in various targeted attacks. They use a so-called "smash-and-grab" technique. This group typically targets machines/servers connected to large networks. Targeted devices usually have Remote Desktop Control (RDP) exposed to the Internet. In order to infiltrate these machines PARINACOTA uses brute-force attacks. What's important is that these actions are human-operated. Although this group is notorious for dropping a number of different payloads during various time periods, the most recent one is Dharma. More detailed information can be found in Microsoft's article ("PARINACOTA group: Smash-and-grab monetization campaigns" section).

Update April 14, 2020 - With the increased concerns over the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, cyber criminals have incorporated it into their scams. This has been observed in Dharma ransomware distribution as well. The proliferation techniques in themselves are varied, however the underlying theme is the same. For example, spam campaigns with virulent attachments or links to malicious websites - relating to Coronavirus in some manner.

Update August 13, 2020 - Developers of the Dharma ransomware have begun offering a hacking toolkit to their affiliates. Unlike in many of the other RaaS (Ransomware-as-a-Service) operations, which target large enterprises, the ransoms demanded by Dharma attacks - are significantly smaller. This is due to the low requirements for new affiliates, in comparison to other RaaS operations that cooperate only with the best. Therefore, the number of affiliates for Dharma is remarkably larger, as is the net of potential victims. However, with the need of many operators - the aforementioned operation affiliates with amateur cyber criminals. To maintain a successful operation, the Dharma RaaS has developed a toolkit to aid newcomers and compensate for their lack of skill. More information on these developments can be found in an article by Lawrence Abrams on BleepingComputer.

Dharma ransomware removal:

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Isolating the infected device:

Some ransomware-type infections are designed to encrypt files within external storage devices, infect them, and even spread throughout the entire local network. For this reason, it is very important to isolate the infected device (computer) as soon as possible.

Step 1: Disconnect from the internet.

The easiest way to disconnect a computer from the internet is to unplug the Ethernet cable from the motherboard, however, some devices are connected via a wireless network and for some users (especially those who are not particularly tech-savvy), disconnecting cables may seem troublesome. Therefore, you can also disconnect the system manually via Control Panel:

Navigate to the "Control Panel", click the search bar in the upper-right corner of the screen, enter "Network and Sharing Center" and select search result: Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 1)

Click the "Change adapter settings" option in the upper-left corner of the window: Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 2)

Right-click on each connection point and select "Disable". Once disabled, the system will no longer be connected to the internet. To re-enable the connection points, simply right-click again and select "Enable". Disconnecting computer from the Internet (step 3)

Step 2: Unplug all storage devices.

As mentioned above, ransomware might encrypt data and infiltrate all storage devices that are connected to the computer. For this reason, all external storage devices (flash drives, portable hard drives, etc.) should be disconnected immediately, however, we strongly advise you to eject each device before disconnecting to prevent data corruption:

Navigate to "My Computer", right-click on each connected device and select "Eject": Ejecting external storage devices

Step 3: Log-out of cloud storage accounts.

Some ransomware-type might be able to hijack software that handles data stored within "the Cloud". Therefore, the data could be corrupted/encrypted. For this reason, you should log-out of all cloud storage accounts within browsers and other related software. You should also consider temporarily uninstalling the cloud-management software until the infection is completely removed.

Identify the ransomware infection:

To properly handle an infection, one must first identify it. Some ransomware infections use ransom-demand messages as an introduction (see the WALDO ransomware text file below).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 1)

This, however, is rare. In most cases, ransomware infections deliver more direct messages simply stating that data is encrypted and that victims must pay some sort of ransom. Note that ransomware-type infections typically generate messages with different file names (for example, "_readme.txt", "READ-ME.txt", "DECRYPTION_INSTRUCTIONS.txt", "DECRYPT_FILES.html", etc.). Therefore, using the name of a ransom message may seem like a good way to identify the infection. The problem is that most of these names are generic and some infections use the same names, even though the delivered messages are different and the infections themselves are unrelated. Therefore, using the message filename alone can be ineffective and even lead to permanent data loss (for example, by attempting to decrypt data using tools designed for different ransomware infections, users are likely to end up permanently damaging files and decryption will no longer be possible even with the correct tool).

Another way to identify a ransomware infection is to check the file extension, which is appended to each encrypted file. Ransomware infections are often named by the extensions they append (see files encrypted by Qewe ransomware below).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 2)

This method is only effective, however, when the appended extension is unique - many ransomware infections append a generic extension (for example, ".encrypted", ".enc", ".crypted", ".locked", etc.). In these cases, identifying ransomware by its appended extension becomes impossible.

One of the easiest and quickest ways to identify a ransomware infection is to use the ID Ransomware website. This service supports most existing ransomware infections. Victims simply upload a ransom message and/or one encrypted file (we advise you to upload both if possible).

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 3)

The ransomware will be identified within seconds and you will be provided with various details, such as the name of the malware family to which the infection belongs, whether it is decryptable, and so on.

Example 1 (Qewe [Stop/Djvu] ransomware):

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 4)

Example 2 (.iso [Phobos] ransomware):

Identify ransomware-type infection (step 5)

If your data happens to be encrypted by a ransomware that is not supported by ID Ransomware, you can always try searching the internet by using certain keywords (for example, ransom message title, file extension, provided contact emails, cryptowallet addresses, etc.).

Search for ransomware decryption tools:

Encryption algorithms used by most ransomware-type infections are extremely sophisticated and, if the encryption is performed properly, only the developer is capable of restoring data. This is because decryption requires a specific key, which is generated during the encryption. Restoring data without the key is impossible. In most cases, cyber criminals store keys on a remote server, rather than using the infected machine as a host. Dharma (CrySis), Phobos, and other families of high-end ransomware infections are virtually flawless, and thus restoring data encrypted without the developers' involvement is simply impossible. Despite this, there are dozens of ransomware-type infections that are poorly developed and contain a number of flaws (for example, the use of identical encryption/decryption keys for each victim, keys stored locally, etc.). Therefore, always check for available decryption tools for any ransomware that infiltrates your computer.

Finding the correct decryption tool on the internet can be very frustrating. For this reason, we recommend that you use the No More Ransom Project and this is where identifying the ransomware infection is useful. The No More Ransom Project website contains a "Decryption Tools" section with a search bar. Enter the name of the identified ransomware, and all available decryptors (if there are any) will be listed.

Searching for ransomware decryption tools in nomoreransom.org website

Restore files with data recovery tools:

Depending on the situation (quality of ransomware infection, type of encryption algorithm used, etc.), restoring data with certain third-party tools might be possible. Therefore, we advise you to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro. This tool supports over a thousand data types (graphics, video, audio, documents, etc.) and it is very intuitive (little knowledge is necessary to recover data).

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Step 1: Perform a scan.

Hover your mouse over the partition you wish to scan and select "Scan". You can also select a specific folder, or click shortcut icons to scan the Desktop or Recycle Bin: Scanning the storage drive with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard PRO (step 1)

Wait for EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro to complete the scan. The scanning duration depends on the volume of files (both in quantity and size) that you are scanning (for example, several hundreds gigabytes could take over an hour to scan). Therefore, be patient during the scanning process. We also advise against modifying or deleting existing files, since this might interfere with the scan. If you add additional data (for example, downloading files/content) while scanning, this will prolong the process: Scanning the storage drive with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard PRO (step 2)

Step 2: Recover data.

Once the process is complete, select the folders/files you wish to restore and simply click "Recover". Note that some free space on your storage drive is necessary to restore data. Note also that the trial version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is only capable of scanning drives and listing recoverable files - to restore them, you must purchase a license: Recovering data with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro

Step 3: Save the scan session (optional).

We recommend that you save the scanning session once you have completed recovery, in case you decide to recover additional files later. Simply click the "Save Scan Session" icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and choose the location for the file to be saved. This will save a lot of time, since you will not need to re-scan the storage drive the next time you wish to restore something. Bear in mind, however, that data removed after the scanning session has finished will not be listed: Saving scan session in EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro

Create data backups:

Proper file management and creating backups is essential for data security. Therefore, always be very careful and think ahead.

Partition management: We recommend that you store your data in multiple partitions and avoid storing important files within the partition that contains the entire operating system. If you fall into a situation whereby you cannot boot the system and are forced to format the disk on which the operating system is installed (in most cases, this is where malware infections hide), you will lose all data stored within that drive. This is the advantage of having multiple partitions: if you have the entire storage device assigned to a single partition, you will be forced to delete everything, however, creating multiple partitions and allocating the data properly allows you to prevent such problems. You can easily format a single partition without affecting the others - therefore, one will be cleaned and the others will remain untouched, and your data will be saved. Managing partitions is quite simple and you can find all necessary information on Microsoft's documentation web page.

Data backups: The most reliable backup method is to use an external storage device and keep it unplugged. Copy your data to an external hard drive, flash (thumb) drive, SSD, HDD, or any other storage device, unplug it and store it in a dry place away from sun and extreme temperatures. This method is, however, quite inefficient, since data backups and updates need to be made regularly. You can also use a cloud service or remote server. Here, an internet connection is required and there is always the chance of a security breach. Therefore, you should consider using an application to create data backups locally.

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We recommend using the EaseUS Todo Backup application. The "Home" edition of EaseUS Todo Backup is usually more than adequate for regular users, however, the "Business" edition is more suitable for companies and large computer networks. The EaseUS Todo Backup application provides extensive data protection features. You can easily create backups, and encrypt and compress them for enhanced protection and storage saving purposes. It also allows you to set backup schedules, create bootable devices, and restore the system if a crash occurs. You can easily choose where to store the created backup: locally; uploaded to an external drive; FTP; cloud storage, or elsewhere. In summary, EaseUS Todo Backup is an all-in-one tool, which provides all features required to properly backup your data.

Creating a data backup:

The backup process is virtually identical regardless of the item (file, partition, entire system) you wish to backup. Taking the File Backup feature as an example:

Step 1: Choose which item to backup.

Click on the "Menu" icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to reveal the menu and select "File Backup": Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 1)

Select the files you want to backup. You can also enter a name and description of the backup that will be created: Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 2)

Step 2: Change the default settings.

The EaseUS Todo Backup application provides a variety of additional options that can be added/modified while creating the backup. For example, you can encrypt data (add a password), select the compression rate (how much the backup should be compressed), performance (how many system resources should be allocated), add an email notification (you receive an email once the process is complete) and so on.

To open the options window, click the "Backup options" button in the lower-left corner of the screen: Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 3)

Select the settings you want to change and click "Save". You can also reset your changes by clicking "Reset to initial settings": Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 4)

Step 3: Select the backup destination.

As mentioned above, EaseUS Todo Backup allows you to choose where backups are saved - locally or externally.

Click the "Browse..." button and select the location you want the backup to be saved: Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 5)

Step 4: Safety measures and process completion.

Depending on the location you have chosen, there are a number of measures you should or should not take. If you are uploading to an internet-connected location (for example, Cloud storage, FTP, etc.), be sure to maintain your internet connection, otherwise you will have to start again. The same applies to external storage devices - do not unplug them until the process is complete.

The progress bar displays estimated time remaining until completion. Large backups (hundreds of gigabytes) can take hours to create (depending on storage device speed, internet connection, etc.). Therefore, the application also allows you to optionally choose what the system should do (shut down, sleep or hibernate) once the process has finished: Creating data backups with EaseUS Todo Backup tool (step 6)

The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups.

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