DarkSide ransomware decryptor recovers victims’ files for free

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Romanian cybersecurity firm Bitdefender has released a free decryptor for the DarkSide ransomware to allow victims to recover their files without paying a ransom. DarkSide is a human-operated ransomware that has already earned millions in payouts since it started targeting enterprises in August 2020. The operation has seen a spike in activity between October and December 2020 when the amount… Read more »

DarkSide ransomware is creating a secure data leak service in Iran

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The DarkSide Ransomware operation claims they are creating a distributed storage system in Iran to store and leak data stolen from victims. To show they mean business, the ransomware gang has deposited $320 thousand on a hacker forum. DarkSide is run as a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) where developers are in charge of programming the ransomware software… Read more »

New Pay2Key ransomware encrypts networks within one hour

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A new ransomware called Pay2Key has been targeting organizations from Israel and Brazil, encrypting their networks within an hour in targeted attacks still under investigation. Michael Gillespie, the creator of ID Ransomware, has also seen submissions from Pay2Key victims predominantly from Brazilian IP addresses. Although used in attacks against multiple Brazilian entities, this ransomware is not… Read more »

Scam PSA: Ransomware gangs don’t always delete stolen data when paid

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Ransomware gangs are increasingly failing to keep their promise to delete stolen data after a victim pays a ransom. In 2019, the Maze ransomware group introduced a new tactic known as double-extortion, which is when attackers steal unencrypted files and then threaten to release them publicly if a ransom is not paid. Now, not only are victims being… Read more »

US indicts Russian GRU ‘Sandworm’ hackers for NotPetya, worldwide attacks

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The U.S. Department of Justice has charged six Russian intelligence operatives for hacking operations related to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the 2017 French elections, and the notorious NotPetya ransomware attack. Believed to be part of the elite Russian hacking group known as “Sandworm”, the indictment states that all six individuals are part of the Russian Main… Read more »