Zeppelin: Russian Ransomware Targets High Profile Users in the U.S. and Europe

Zeppelin is the newest member of the Delphi-based Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) family initially known as Vega or VegaLocker. Although it’s clearly based on the same code and shares most of its features with its predecessors, the campaign that it’s been part of differs significantly from campaigns involving the previous versions of this malware.

Vega samples were first discovered in the beginning of 2019, being distributed alongside other widespread financial malware as part of a malvertising operation on Yandex.Direct – a Russian online advertising network. This campaign was aimed at Russian speaking users (with apparent focus on the people working in accounting) and was designed to have a broad reach, as opposed to careful targeting. The binaries were often signed with a valid certificate and hosted on GitHub. During a course of this year, several new versions of Vega appeared, each bearing a different name (Jamper, Storm, Buran, etc.), some of them offered as a service on underground forums.

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Source: BlackBerry Cylance