Available as a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), BlackByte has been used in attacks against US and foreign businesses, including in critical infrastructure sectors such as government, financial, and food and agriculture, the FBI and USSS warn. BlackByte operators recently claimed to have obtained financial data from the San Francisco 49ers as a result of an attack that…

Ransomware tends to target organizations. Corporations not only house a trove of valuable data they can’t function without, but they are also expected to cough up a considerable amount of ransom money in exchange for their encrypted files. And while corporations struggle to keep up with attacks, ransomware groups have left the average consumer relatively…

The flaw also allowed the researchers to identify the real IP addresses of the hidden service hosting the recovery website, including 20 IPs communicating with the Conti servers, and two Tor entry nodes used for the recovery service, all of which were reported to the authorities. Furthermore, Prodaft discovered victim chat sessions that allowed them…

New Unlock26 Ransomware and RaaS Portal Discovered

A recently discovered Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) portal was found to be responsible for the distribution of a brand new ransomware family dubbed Unlock26. Dubbed Dot-Ransomware, the RaaS portal went live on February 19, and security researchers suggest that the Unlock26 ransomware was released the same day. Further, they reveal that the ransomware operation features a very…

Satan RaaS Promises Large Gains With Zero Coding Needed

A newly discovered family of ransomware is being offered via the Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) business model, allowing cybercriminals to easily customize their own versions of the malware, researchers explain. Dubbed Satan, the new ransomware family was discovered by security researcher Xylitol and is available for any wannabe criminal, as the service only requires the creation of…

Highly lucrative Ransomware as a Service attacks poised to accelerate in 2017

Ransomware can be likened to global warming. It’s been around for years, but it’s now becoming an epidemic which needs serious attention. According to a recent survey conducted by Osterman Research, nearly 50% of U.S. companies experienced a “ransomware incident” over the last year. Without taking into account the number of unreported ransomware incidents, the…