Trend Micro researchers recently discovered two new ransomware variants, AlumniLocker and Humble, which exhibit different sophisticated behaviors and extortion techniques post-encryption.
One of these techniques includes an unusually high ransom payment and a threat to publicize victims’ critical data. These new variants prove that ransomware’s targeted and extortion-focused era is alive and well in 2021.
AlumniLocker ransomware, a variant of the Thanos ransomware family, which asks for a ransom payment of 10 bitcoins (equivalent to US$457,382.60 as of writing). The ransomware actors also threaten to publish their victims’ data on their “wall of shame” website if they don’t send the payment within 48 hours.
Source: Trend Micro