Malware

Ransomware Revenue Falls by 40% as Majority of Victims Refuse to Pay

Abdul Karim Abdulwahab reports: The illegal revenue accruing to crypto criminals from ransomware exploits declined in 2022 as more victims refused to pay, according to recent data published by market intelligence firm, Chainalysis. The report noted that Ransomware attackers could only extort $456 million from victims in 2022 after stealing nearly twice that value...

More data leaked from St. Rose Hospital ransomware incident

Since DataBreaches first reported that data from St. Rose Hospital had appeared on a popular hacking forum and appeared to be linked to the BianLian ransomware group, there have been some additional developments: St. Rose Notified the California Attorney General’s Office The notification, submitted to California on January 12,  states that Hayward Sisters Hospital...

DNV Confirms Ransomware Attack Impacting 1,000 Ships

Mike Schuler reports: Classification society DNV is confirming that a recent ransomware cyber attack on its fleet management software has impacted around 1,000 ships. The cyber attack was discovered on the evening of Saturday, January 7, on its ShipManager fleet management and operations platform, forcing the class society to shut down the software’s IT servers. DNV...

Bank of Thailand blames dating app for phone hacking

Bob Scott reports: The Bank of Thailand (BoT) denied a claim made on social media that a man lost money from his bank account after recharging his phone at a public outlet. BoT believes the theft occurred because the man was a victim of a malware attack. Police also attributed the theft to malware, stating that the user...

Ransomware Diaries: Volume 1: LockBit

Written by Jon DiMaggio. Conducting a behavioral profile of ransomware attackers will give you a better understanding of who is behind the attacks threatening your organization. Behavioral profiling adds value to defenders who can use it to identify an attacker and negotiators who will know the motivations and beliefs of the human being they...

Interview with Mallox ransomware group

Over on SuspectFile, Marco A. De Felice has a write-up of an interview with Mallox. Unlike some interviews where spokespeople brag or make claims or pose a bit, Mallox’s spokesperson comes across as a serious individual who is part of a closed group that has worked together for the past few years without the...

Avast releases free BianLian ransomware decryptor

Bill Toulas reports: Security software company Avast has released a free decryptor for the BianLian ransomware strain to help victims of the malware recover locked files without paying the hackers. The availability of a decryptor comes only about half a year after increased activity from BianLian ransomware over the summer of 2022, when the threat group breached...

NY lawmakers vow to tackle cyber hack attacks against hospitals, schools

Carl Campanile reports: New York state lawmakers have promised to make helping local governments, schools and hospitals protect against cyber ransomware attacks a top priority during the 2023 legislative session. It comes after a wave of such attacks hit institutions across the Empire State, with the computer systems of a major Brooklyn hospital network and those of the Suffolk...