October 17, 2022

German newspaper stops circulation after a ransomware attack

On Friday 14th of October 2022, the german newspaper ‘Heilbronn Stimme’ experienced a ransomware attack that crippled its printing systems as well as phone and email services. On Saturday, the newspaper released an “emergency” six-page edition while all planned obituaries were posted on the website and today, they published a 28-page issue in an e-paper format. The Editor-in-chief Uwe Ralf […]
October 14, 2022

Microsoft reveals new Prestige ransomware campaign against Ukraine and Poland

On Friday 14th of October 2022, Microsoft released an article where they stated that the new novel ransomware campaign, Prestige ransomware is being used to target transportation and logistics organizations in Ukraine and Poland in ongoing attacks. This ransomware campaign was first Tuesday 11th of October 2022 when a series of attacks were detected within an hour of each other. […]
October 5, 2022

Avast releases free ransomware decryptor for the variants of the MafiaWare666 ransomware

On Wednesday 5th of October 2022, Avast announced that they had released a free decryption tool for variants of the MafiaWare666 ransomware known as ‘Jcrypt’, ‘RIP Lmao’, and ‘BrutusptCrypt,’ allowing victims to recover their files for free. Avast stated they discovered a flaw in the encryption scheme of the MafiaWare666 strain, that allowed some of the variants to be unlocked. […]
October 2, 2022

Vice Society Ransomware gang releases stolen data from the LAUSD school system

On Sunday 2nd of October 2022, the Vice Society Ransomware gang published data and documents that were stolen from the Los Angeles Unified School District during a ransomware attack at the start of September. The release of the stolen data was confirmed by LAUSD superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho in a statement posted to Twitter. “Unfortunately, as expected, data was recently […]
September 29, 2022

Lesser-known Royal Ransomware ramps up operations with multi-million dollar attacks

Recently, a lesser-known ransomware operation named Royal has been observed ramping up its attacks against serval corporations with ransom demands ranging from $250,000 to over $2 million. The Royal ransomware operation was launched in January 2022 and is believed to be a private group without affiliates that consist of vetted and experienced ransomware actors from previous operations. It was reported […]
September 15, 2022

Cyberattack against Bell Canada subsidiary claimed by Hive ransomware gang

The Hive ransomware gang claimed responsibility for an attack that hit the systems of Bell Canada subsidiary Bell Technical Solutions (BTS). Within the data leak entry, Hive claims that they encrypted BTS’ systems almost a month ago, on Saturday 20th of August 2022. Even though BTS hasn’t disclosed when its network was breached or how the attack occurred, Bell Canada […]
September 10, 2022

A growing number of ransomware gangs adopting new intermittent encryption tactic

In recent months, a growing number of ransomware groups have been observing using a new tactic, intermittent encryption that helps them encrypt their victims’ systems faster while reducing the chances of being detected and stopped. This involves encrypting only parts of the targeted files’ content, which would still render the data unrecoverable without using a valid decryptor and key. This tactic […]
September 6, 2022

FBI releases joint advisory warning of Vice Society ransomware attacks on school districts

On Tuesday 6th of September 2022, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint TLP:WHITE cybersecurity advisory which revealed that multiple agencies have observed Vice Society threat actors disproportionately targeting the education sector with ransomware attacks. The impacts of ransomware attacks against the education sectors have ranged from restricted access to networks and data, delayed exams, cancelled […]
September 6, 2022

Second largest U.S. school district LAUSD experiences disrupt from ransomware

On Tuesday 6th of September 2022, Los Angeles Unified (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the U.S., disclosed that a ransomware attack hit its Information Technology (IT) systems over the weekend. The incident has been reported to law enforcement and federal agencies and LAUSD is now working with those agencies as part of an ongoing investigation and incident response. […]