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WannaCry ransomware used in widespread attacks all over the world

Earlier today, our products detected and successfully blocked a large number of ransomware attacks around the world.
In these attacks, data is encrypted with the extension “.WCRYrdquo; added to the filenames. Our analysis indicates the attack, dubbed “WannaCryrdquo;, is initiated through an SMBv2 remote code execution in Microsoft Windows.

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XPan, I am your father

While we have previously written on the now infamous XPan ransomware family, some of it’s variants are still affecting users primarily located in Brazil.

This sample is what could be considered as the “father” of other XPan ransomware variants.

A considerable amount of indicators within the source code depict the early origins of this sample.

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PetrWrap: the new Petya-based ransomware used in targeted attacks

This year we found a new family of ransomware used in targeted attacks against organizations.

After penetrating an organization's network the threat actors used the PsExec tool to install ransomware on all endpoints and servers in the organization.

The next interesting fact about this ransomware is that the threat actors decided to use the well-known Petya ransomware to encrypt user data.

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Breaking The Weakest Link Of The Strongest Chain

Around July last year, more than a 100 Israeli servicemen were hit by a cunning threat actor.

The attack compromised their devices and exfiltrated data to the attackers’ C&C.
In addition, the compromised devices were pushed Trojan updates.

The operation remains active at the time of writing this post.

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Satan enters roll-your-own ransomware game

Code named for Prince of Darkness offers commissions for spreading evil Satan is infecting computers, encrypting files and demanding ransoms. No, we're not talking about the prince of darkness itself, but an underground ransomware service bearing its name.
It's devilish code: net demons wielding it can create a customised ransomware payload that will encrypt a victim's files with RSA-2048 bit and AES-256 bit encryption. Those Satan enslaves are directed through the many circles of the Tor network in order to pay a bitcoin ransom that varies in size. The Satan ransomware is available openly on the Tor network and presents punters with a slick form through which the malware is customised. The established malware researcher known as Xylitol reported the malware El Reg ignored VXers' constant pleas "not upload malware to VirusTotal" by promptly uploading the ransomware to VirusTotal, finding that it was detected by about half of antivirus scanners, although this number can differ thanks to heuristics and other antivirus dynamic checks not covered by the lauded online security service. Malware that is uploaded to VirusTotal is at risk of being discovered by anti-virus engines and security researchers. Should you choose to spread the word of Satan, the hell-code's authors claim to take a 30 per cent cut of any ransoms paid to customers. "The bitcoin paid by the victim will be credited to your account. We will keep a 30 percent fee of the income … [which] will become lower depending on the number of infections and payments you have." The service will help customers encrypt their files and wrap it in Word document macros and installers.
It is up to customers to decide how to disseminate the malware, but most arrive by phishing. Create your malware.
Satan's panels. Satan is not alone in its evil ways: other ransomware-as-a-service offerings including a JavaScript-based instance have been uncovered. Many ransomware variants have been undone by white hat hackers working under the No More Ransom Alliance to find and exploit holes in the malware that allows free file decryption. The Alliance unifies previously un-co-ordinated ransomware reversal efforts.

The Reg expects it won't be long before the Alliance's forces are arrayed against Satan's in an effort to unravel its encryption and bring the good word to the afflicted. ® Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management