June 29, 2022

Ex-Canadian government employee linked to NetWalker Ransomware crew pleads guilty to U.S. ransomware charges

On Tuesday 28th of June 2022, 34-year-old Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins pleaded guilty in a US court to conspiring to commit computer and wire fraud, intentionally damaged a protected computer, and transmitted a demand in relation to damaging a protected computer. The former Canadian government employee has been described as “one of the most prolific NetWalker Ransomware affiliates” responsible for extorting said millions […]
June 28, 2022

Black Basta ransomware gang are on track to become a highly dangerous group after hitting 50 organisations in just two months

Two recent reports by cyber security researchers have revealed that the new ransomware group known as Black Basta have claimed to have successfully attacked 50 victims in just two months while also revealing that the new group has links to veteran gangs like REvil and Conti. “The Black Basta gang has added nearly 50 victims to their list as of […]
June 28, 2022

Research reveals that Chinese APT are using short-lived ransomware variants as a disguise for cyberespionage activities

On the 23rd of June 2022, cybersecurity researchers from Secureworks published new research which named several ransomware variants which have been identified as being used by a state-backed hacking group with China-linked origins known as ‘Bronze Starlight’ to disguise the true objective of their attacks that is for conducting cyberespionage activities. The research looked into HUI Loader, which is a […]
May 6, 2022

AGCO, US agricultural machinery maker announces they suffered a ransomware attack

On Thursday 5th of May 2022, AGCO, one of the leading US-based agricultural machinery producers suffered a ransomware attack which resulted in some of their production facilities being impacted. This incident was announced on Friday 6th of May 2022 in a press release where AGCO stated that their business operations will be affected for several days whilst they repair their […]
April 29, 2022

A Possible ransomware attack against the service provider of a popular online Library app, Onleihe led to problems

On Tuesday 26th of April 2022, Onleihe, a popular Library lending app announces they experienced problems which could have been related to their service provider, EKZ who suffered a cyber-attack on Monday 18th of April 2022. The incident led to the outage of EKZ systems which impacted the websites: ekz.de, ekz.at, ekz.fr, divibib.com, the divibib user forum, the divibib Pentaho […]
April 28, 2022

Austin Peay State University announces ransomware attack via Twitter

On Wednesday 27th of April 2022, Austin Peay State University (APSU) confirmed that they had suffered a ransomware attack via their official Twitter account. Since the initial announcement, APSU has reassured the public that the incident was in the process of being contained and that their Learning Management System, D2L had online backups. The incident hasn’t seemed to have an […]
April 26, 2022

New Black Basta ransomware gang attacks the American Dental Association

On Friday 22nd of April 2022, American Dental Association (ADA) suffered a ransomware attack that resulted in ADA having to take their affected systems offline, which disrupted various online services, telephones, email, and webchat. It has been detailed in an email sent to ADA members, that soon after the discovery of the attack, ADA immediately responded to the incident by […]
April 21, 2022

FBI releases flash alert against the BlackCat ransomware gang

On Tuesday 19th of April 2022, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint TLP:WHITE flash alert which revealed the BlackCat ransomware gang, also known as ALPHV, has breached the networks of at least 60 organizations worldwide as of March 2022. The FBI also stated the BlackCat ransomware gang has been the first ransomware group to have […]
April 20, 2022

FBI releases warning around ransomware attacks targeting US agriculture sector

On Wednesday 20th of April 2022, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint TLP:WHITE Private Industry Notification which warned the Food and Agriculture (FA) sector organizations that ransomware actors are likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical periods like the planting and harvest seasons which may cause disruptions to operations and therefore cause financial loss and […]