Snoopdog ransomware charges 36K in BTC for recovery. 20% discount negotiable

July 1, 2021

The SonicWall Capture Labs threat research team have been tracking ransomware that encrypts and gives files a ".snoopdog" filename extension.  The operator charges 1 BTC for file retrieval.  However, as with most ransomware today, the price is negotiable and a discount may be provided to the victim.


Infection Cycle:


Upon execution, the malware encrypts files on the system.  Each file is given a ".snoopdog" extension to indicate that it has been encrypted.


The following files are dropped onto the infected system:

  • %APPDATA%\Roaming\noputana.exe (copy of original malware) [detected as: GAV: Snoopdog.RSM (Trojan)]
  • %APPDATA%\Roaming\userkey.dat
  • !DECRYPT_FILES.txt (dropped in all dirs where files were encrypted)


The following keys are added to the registry:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run HelloAV "%APPDATA%\Roaming\noputana.exe"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run WelcomeBack "%APPDATA%\Roaming\!DECRYPT_FILES.txt"


!DECRYPT_FILES.txt contains the following message:


userkey.dat contains the following data:



The following applications are killed if found to be running:

msftesql.exe vmware-vmx.exe vmware-authd.exe sqlagent.exe sqlbrowser.exe sqlservr.exe
sqlwriter.exe oracle.exe ocssd.exe dbsnmp.exe synctime.exe mydesktopqos.exe
agntsvc.exe isqlplussvc.exe xfssvccon.exe mydesktopservice.exe ocautoupds.exe
agntsvc.exe agntsvc.exe agntsvc.exe encsvc.exe firefoxconfig.exe tbirdconfig.exe
ocomm.exe mysqld.exe mysqld-nt.exe mysqld-opt.exe dbeng50.exe sqbcoreservice.exe
excel.exe infopath.exe msaccess.exe mspub.exe onenote.exe outlook.exe powerpnt.exe
steam.exe thebat.exe thebat64.exe thunderbird.exe visio.exe winword.exe wordpad.exe


The tOr link leads to the following page:


A Telegram link ( is provided for communication with the malware operators.  We had the following conversation with the operator:


SonicWall Capture Labs provides protection against this threat via the following signature:

  • GAV: Snoopdog.RSM (Trojan)

This threat is also detected by SonicWALL Capture ATP w/RTDMI and the Capture Client endpoint solutions.