It started as a slow ransomware news week but slowly picked up pace with the Department of Justice announcing indictments on TrickBot and Conti operations members.
On Thursday, the US announced sanctions and three indictments against nine Russian nationals who are alleged members of the TrickBot and Conti ransomware operations for attacks on more than 900 victims worldwide.
“The defendants charged in these three indictments across three different jurisdictions allegedly used their cyber knowledge and capabilities to victimize people and businesses around the world without regard for the damage they caused,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division
The individuals were allegedly involved in a wide variety of roles in the Conti ransomware operation, including overall managing of the cybercrime operation, crypting malware so it was undetectable, managing infrastructure, and developing malware, including the TrickBot botnet.
In other news, Cisco confirmed that ransomware gangs are exploiting a zero-day in Cisco VPN appliances after BleepingComputer’s, SentinelOnes, and Rapid7’s reporting on its abuse by the Akira ransomware operation.
Finally, Ragnar Locker claimed an August attack on Israel’s Mayanei Hayeshua hospital, claiming to have stolen 1 TB of data.
Contributors and those who provided new ransomware information and stories this week include: @BleepinComputer, @VK_Intel, @jorntvdw, @LawrenceAbrams, @PolarToffee, @FourOctets, @struppigel, @DanielGallagher, @malwareforme, @Ionut_Ilascu, @demonslay335, @billtoulas, @serghei, @fwosar, @malwrhunterteam, @Seifreed, @cloudsek, @SecurityAura, @SentinelOne, and @pcrisk.
September 4th 2023
PCrisk found new STOP ransomware variants that append the .rzkd and .rzml extensions.
PCrisk found a new Chaos ransomware variant that appends the .sub_to_crypto_nwo extension and drops a ransom note named Windows!System32.txt.
PCrisk found a new ransomware named Rival that appends the .rival and drops a ransom note named FILES ENCRYPTED.txt.
September 6th 2023
PCrisk found a new STOP ransomware variant that appends the .rzew extension.
PCrisk found a new Phobos ransomware variant that appends the .sb4 extension.
September 7th 2023
The USA and the United Kingdom have sanctioned eleven Russian nationals associated with the TrickBot and Conti ransomware cybercrime operations.
Multiple Foreign Nationals Charged in Connection with Trickbot Malware and Conti Ransomware Conspiracies
Three indictments in three different federal jurisdictions have been unsealed charging multiple Russian cybercrime actors involved in the Trickbot malware and Conti ransomware schemes.
September 8th 2023
Cisco is warning of a CVE-2023-20269 zero-day vulnerability in its Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) that is actively exploited by ransomware operations to gain initial access to corporate networks.
The Ragnar Locker ransomware gang has claimed responsibility for an attack on Israel’s Mayanei Hayeshua hospital, threatening to leak 1 TB of data allegedly stolen during the cyberattack.
Cyclops, now renamed as Knight also known as Cyclops 2.0, debuted in May 2023. The Cyclops group has successfully developed ransomware that can infect all three major platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, ESXi and Android.
PCrisk found new STOP ransomware variants that append the .hgml and .hgkd extensions.
That’s it for this week! Hope everyone has a nice weekend!