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Ransomware as a Data Breach Decoy

Gone are the days of small-time cybercriminals using ransomware to earn a quick buck. Ransomware--and the criminals who use it--have certainly evolved. Though it initially made a name for itself as a tactic of the lesser-skilled criminal, malicious actors are now exploiting the established expectations of its impact and limitations in order to hide inside a network.  For those organizations with robust security strategies, ransomware had become little more than an annoyance. They were able to recover rather quickly using backups. More often, though, that’s not the case. In the past...

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Ransomware Gangs Continue to Shame Victims

Everyone has something to hide. The beauty of that truth for hackers is that even if they don’t know their target’s dirty little secrets, they know that no one wants their secrets exposed. The mere threat of being publicly shamed may be enough to make some victims pay. Businesses, though, don’t have personal secrets. They have customer data and intellectual property, which they are responsible for protecting.  So when the malicious actors operating the Maze Ransomware launched “Maze News” in November, they may have seen a spike in the number of...

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TA 505 – Global Ransomware Criminals

Prevailion’s Tailored Intelligence Team has continued to follow an evolving threat actor group dubbed TA505 - a known cyber criminal organization that has likely been active since at least 2017, whose motives are speculated to be financial in nature. This group has been known to infect victims through business email compromise. Once a victim’s system is initially compromised, TA505 has been observed utilizing a wide variety of commercially available and custom remote access trojans. Upon gaining access, with a trojan in the network, they have been observed stealing sensitive financial data...

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