Maze ransomware operators have infected computers from Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (MDLab) and are releasing close to 9.5GB of data stolen from infected machines.

The actor also followed through with leaking another cache of files belonging to another of its victims that did not pay the ransom, Southwire wire and cable manufacturer from Carrollton, Georgia.

This action was prompted by the company’s refusal to pay a ransom of 200 bitcoins (a little over $1.7 million today) that would buy from the attacker the file decryption key from the attacker and the promise to destroy the data. Read more »

If you have ever contacted Microsoft for support in the past 14 years, your technical query, along with some personally identifiable information might have been compromised.

Microsoft today admitted a security incident that exposed nearly 250 million “Customer Service and Support” (CSS) records on the Internet due to a misconfigured server containing logs of conversations between its support team and customers.

According to Bob Diachenko, a cybersecurity researcher who spotted the unprotected database and reported to Microsoft, the logs contained records spanning from 2005 right through to December 2019.

In a blog post, Microsoft confirmed that due to misconfigured security rules added to the server in question on December 5, 2019, enabled exposure of the data, which remained the same until engineers remediated the configuration on December 31, 2019.

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Since network administrators didn’t already have enough on their plate, they now have to worry about a new ransomware called SNAKE that is targeting their networks and aiming to encrypt all of the devices connected to it.

Enterprise targeting, or big-game hunting, ransomware are used by threat actors that infiltrate a business network, gather administrator credentials, and then use post-exploitation tools to encrypt the files on all of the computers on the network.

The list of enterprise targeting ransomware is slowly growing and include Ryuk, BitPaymer, DoppelPaymer, Sodinokibi, Maze, MegaCortex, LockerGoga, and now the Snake Ransomware.

What we know about the Snake Ransomware

Snake Ransomware was discovered by MalwareHunterTeam last week who shared it with Vitali Kremez to reverse engineer and learn more about the infection.

Based on the analysis performed by Kremez, this ransomware is written in Golang and contains a much high level of obfuscation than is commonly seen with these types of infections.

“The ransomware contains a level of routine obfuscation not previously and typically seen coupled with the targeted approach,” Kremez, Head of SentinelLabs, told BleepingComputer in a conversation.

When started Snake will remove the computer’s Shadow Volume Copies and then kill numerous processes related to SCADA systems, virtual machines, industrial control systems, remote management tools, network management software, and more.

It then proceeds to encrypt the files on the device, while skipping any that are located in Windows system folders and various system files. The list of system folders that are skipped can be found below:

:\Users\All Users
:\Program Files
:\Local Settings
:\System Volume Information

When encrypting a file it will append a ransom 5 character string to the files extension. For example, a file named 1.doc will be encrypted and renamed like 1.docqkWbv.

Folder of Encrypted Files
Folder of Encrypted Files

In each file that is encrypted, the SNAKE Ransomware will append the ‘EKANS‘ file marker shown below. EKANS is SNAKE in reverse.

EKANS File Marker
EKANS File Marker

BleepingComputer has tested many ransomware infections since 2013 and for some reason, it took Snake particularly long time to encrypt our small test box compared to many other ransomware infections. As this is targeted ransomware that is executed at the time of the attacker’s choosing, this may not be that much of a problem as the encryption will most likely occur after hours.

When done encrypting the computer, the ransomware will create a ransom note in the C:\Users\Public\Desktop folder named Fix-Your-Files.txt. This ransom note contains instructions to contact a listed email address for payment instructions. This email address is currently

SNAKE Ransom Note
SNAKE Ransom Note

As you can see from the language in the ransom note, this ransomware specifically targets the entire network rather than individual workstations. They further indicate that any decryptor that is purchased will be for the network and not individual machines, but it is too soon to tell if they would make an exception.

This ransomware is still being analyzed for weaknesses and it is not known if it can be decrypted for free. At this time, though, it looks secure.




Ransom note text:


| What happened to your files? 


We breached your corporate network and encrypted the data on your computers. The encrypted data includes documents, databases, photos and more -

all were encrypted using a military grade encryption algorithms (AES-256 and RSA-2048). You cannot access those files right now. But dont worry!

You can still get those files back and be up and running again in no time. 


| How to contact us to get your files back?


The only way to restore your files is by purchasing a decryption tool loaded with a private key we created specifically for your network. 

Once run on an effected computer, the tool will decrypt all encrypted files - and you can resume day-to-day operations, preferably with

better cyber security in mind. If you are interested in purchasing the decryption tool contact us at


| How can you be certain we have the decryption tool?


In your mail to us attach up to 3 files (up to 3MB, no databases or spreadsheets).

We will send them back to you decrypted.

Associated file names:


Mitsubishi Electric, a leading global company in the manufacture and sales of electrical and electronic products, disclosed a security breach that might have caused the leak of personal and confidential corporate information.

The breach was detected almost eight months ago, on June 28, 2019, with the delay being attributed to the increased complexity of the investigation caused by the attackers deleting activity logs.

“On June 28, last year, a suspicious behavior was detected and investigated on a terminal in our company, and as a result of unauthorized access by a third party, data was transmitted to the outside,” a detailed company statement published today says.

“This is an advanced method of monitoring and detection, and it took time to investigate because the log (operation record) for identifying the transmitted file was deleted by an attacker on some terminals.”

Mitsubishi Electric is still continuing internal investigations into unauthorized access to its network according to a Japanese security blogger.

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Researchers from Cisco Talos discovered a new Trojan named JhoneRAT that was used in targeted attacks against entities in the Middle East.

A new Trojan named JhoneRAT appeared in the threat landscape, it is selectively attacking targets in the Middle East by checking keyboard layouts.

The malware targets a very specific set of Arabic-speaking countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Oman, Yemen, Syria, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Lebanon.

“Today, Cisco Talos is unveiling the details of a new RAT we have identified we’re calling “JhoneRAT.” This new RAT is dropped to the victims via malicious Microsoft Office documents.” reads the analysis published by Cisco Talos. “The dropper, along with the Python RAT, attempts to gather information on the victim’s machine and then uses multiple cloud services: Google Drive, Twitter, ImgBB and Google Forms.”

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