• Ever101 ransomware payment traced to a sensual massage site

    June 22, 2021

    A ransomware targeting an Israeli company has led researchers to track a portion of a ransom payment to a website promoting sensual massages. The attack was conducted by a more recent ransomware operation known as Ever101 who compromised an Israeli computer farm and proceeded to encrypt its devices. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Conti Ransomware Gang: An Overview

    June 18, 2021

    Conti ransomware stands out as one of the most ruthless of the dozens of ransomware gangs that we follow. The group has spent more than a year attacking organizations where IT outages can have life-threatening consequences: hospitals, 911 dispatch carriers, emergency medical services and law enforcement agencies. Ireland has yet to recover from an attack ...

  • Fake DarkSide Campaign Targets Energy and Food Sectors

    June 18, 2021

    The ransomware attack on the major fuel supply company Colonial Pipeline recently made headlines. The incident has been attributed to the DarkSide threat actor, once again thrusting the group’s name into the spotlight. With this, it would not be surprising to find threat actors taking advantage of this incident for their own socially-engineered campaigns. Several companies ...

  • A deep dive into the operations of the LockBit ransomware group

    June 18, 2021

    Researchers have provided an in-depth look at how LockBit, one of the newer ransomware groups on the scene, operates. Ransomware has become one of the most disruptive forms of cyberattack this year. It was back in 2017 with the global WannaCry outbreak that we first saw the severe disruption the malware could cause, and in 2021, ...

  • Carnival Cruise Cyber-Torpedoed by Cyberattack

    June 18, 2021

    Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise-ship operator, has sprung another leak: For the second time in a year, attackers have breached email accounts and accessed personal, financial and health information belonging to guests, employees and crew. Carnival has quite the armada: Its cruise brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises ...

  • Kremlin spokesman lists top countries where cyber attacks originate

    June 17, 2021

    Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has prepared a list of the top countries, where cyber attacks originate, at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, handing over this list to reporters. “In the first half of 2020, the leaders among all countries where all types of cyber attacks originated are: the US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the UK,” ...

  • Bash Ransomware DarkRadiation Targets Red Hat- and Debian-based Linux Distributions

    June 17, 2021

    A recently discovered Bash ransomware piqued our interest in multiple ways. Upon investigating, we found that the attack chain is fully implemented as a bash script, but it also seems that the scripts are still under development. Most components of this attack mainly target Red Hat and CentOS Linux distributions; however, in some scripts Debian-based Linux ...

  • Matanbuchus: Malware-as-a-Service with Demonic Intentions

    June 16, 2021

    Unit 42 researchers often spend time investigating what we call non-traditional sources. Non-traditional sources often include underground marketplaces and sites, spanning from forums on the Tor network to Telegram channels and other marketplaces. One such case that we investigated involves a threat actor called BelialDemon, who is a member of several underground forums and marketplaces. In ...

  • Ukraine arrests Clop ransomware gang members, seizes servers

    June 16, 2021

    Ukrainian law enforcement arrested cybercriminals associated with the Clop ransomware gang and shut down infrastructure used in attacks targeting victims worldwide since at least 2019. According to the Cyberpolice Department of the National Police of Ukraine the ransomware group is behind total financial damages of roughly $500 million. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Ransomware Poll: 80% of Victims Don’t Pay Up

    June 16, 2021

    Ransomware is on the rise, but what toll does it take on the real world? Threatpost set out to answer that question in an exclusive poll aimed at taking the pulse of organizations wrestling with attacks, including looking at mitigations and the defenses organizations have in place. When viewed against the backdrop of complementary reports from ...

  • Smoking Out a DARKSIDE Affiliate’s Supply Chain Software Compromise

    June 16, 2021

    Mandiant observed DARKSIDE affiliate UNC2465 accessing at least one victim through a Trojanized software installer downloaded from a legitimate website. While this victim organization detected the intrusion, engaged Mandiant for incident response, and avoided ransomware, others may be at risk. As reported in the Mandiant post, “Shining a Light on DARKSIDE Ransomware Operations,” Mandiant Consulting has ...

  • Paradise Ransomware source code released on a hacking forum

    June 15, 2021

    The complete source code for the Paradise Ransomware has been released on a hacking forum allowing any would-be cyber criminal to develop their own customized ransomware operation. Released on the hacking forum XSS, the link to the source code is only accessible to active users on the site who have previously replied to or reacted to ...

  • Andariel evolves to target South Korea with ransomware

    June 15, 2021

    In April 2021, we observed a suspicious Word document with a Korean file name and decoy. It revealed a novel infection scheme and an unfamiliar payload. While we were doing our research into these findings, Malwarebytes published a nice report with technical details about the same series of attacks, which they attributed to the Lazarus ...

  • REvil ransomware hits US nuclear weapons contractor

    June 14, 2021

    US nuclear weapons contractor Sol Oriens has suffered a cyberattack allegedly at the hands of the REvil ransomware gang, which claims to be auctioning data stolen during the attack. Sol Oriens describes itself as helping the “Department of Defense and Department of Energy Organizations, Aerospace Contractors, and Technology Firms carry out complex programs.” However, job postings first ...

  • Microsoft: SEO poisoning used to backdoor targets with malware

    June 14, 2021

    Microsoft is tracking a series of attacks that use SEO poisoning to infect targets with a remote access trojan (RAT) capable of stealing the victims’ sensitive info and backdooring their systems. The malware delivered in this campaign is SolarMarker (aka Jupyter, Polazert, and Yellow Cockatoo), a .NET RAT that runs in memory and is used by ...

  • G7 leaders ask Russia to hunt down ransomware gangs within its borders

    June 14, 2021

    G7 (Group of 7) leaders have asked Russia to urgently disrupt ransomware gangs believed to be operating within its borders, following a stream of attacks targeting organizations from critical sectors worldwide. The G7 member states also expressed their commitment to work together to address the escalating and immediate ransomware threat as a global challenge. Read more… Source: Bleeping ...

  • Avaddon ransomware shuts down and releases decryption keys

    June 11, 2021

    The Avaddon ransomware gang has shut down operation and released the decryption keys for their victims to This morning, BleepingComputer received an anonymous tip pretending to be from the FBI that contained a password and a link to a password-protected ZIP file. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • JBS Paid $11M to REvil Gang Even After Restoring Operations

    June 10, 2021

    JBS Foods paid the equivalent of $11 million in ransom after a cyber-attack that forced the company to shut down some operations in the United States and Australia over the Memorial Day weekend. The company made the payment to cybercriminals to ensure the protection of its data and mitigate any further damage to its customers, as ...

  • Slilpp, the largest stolen logins market, seized by law enforcement

    June 10, 2021

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced today that a multinational operation took down Slillpp, the largest online marketplace of stolen login credentials. Law enforcement agencies from the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and Romania seized servers used to host Slilpp’s marketplace infrastructure and its domain names. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Prometheus Ransomware Gang: A Group of REvil?

    June 9, 2021

    Unit 42 has spent the past four months following the activities of Prometheus, a new player in the ransomware world that uses similar malware and tactics to ransomware veteran Thanos. Prometheus leverages double-extortion tactics and hosts a leak site, where it names new victims and posts stolen data available for purchase. It claims to have breached ...