Olympus US and Sinclair Broadcast Group hacks tied to sanctioned Russian ransomware group

Zack Whittaker and Carly Page report:

An “ongoing” cyberattack against the Japanese technology giant Olympus was caused by a Russian ransomware group sanctioned by the U.S. government, according to two people with knowledge of the incident.

A new malware variant known as Macaw was used in the attack that began on October 10, which encrypted Olympus’ systems in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Macaw is a variant of the WastedLocker malware, both of which were created by Evil Corp., a Russia-based crime group that was subject to U.S. Treasury sanctions in 2019.

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EvilCorp and the Macaw variant have also been linked to the recent attack on Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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