FBI: Ransomware Attacks Exploit Financial Business Events


Ransomware actors are known for performing extensive research prior to launching an attack on victims, using publicly available information, along with material non-public data. Should the victim refrain from paying the ransom, the attackers threaten to disclose the gathered information publicly, thus attempting to extort the victim, the FBI warned.

“Ransomware actors are targeting companies involved in significant, time-sensitive financial events to incentivize ransom payment by these victims,” it added.

The FBI said ransomware victims are often carefully selected from a pool of entities infected by an access broker with Trojan malware that is usually mass distributed.