For ransomware actors, innovation is a key to success, as crime gangs look for new ways to dupe people and make crypto-locking malware even more lucrative. Some hacking groups have started cold-calling victims to inform them that their systems have been hit by ransomware and request a ransom to resolve the situation. An old, yet tried and true use of chicanery. Sometime old schemes become new schemes. This is just the latest in a long line of shakedown tactics, which include not just using c
The past few months have seen a new ransomware variant emerge that is being distributed by the TrickBot malware. The appearance of this new ransomware, named Conti, corresponded with an observed decrease in Ryuk deployments. This suggested that Conti is the “successor” of Ryuk. Some media outlets have also reported that Conti was an evolved version of Ryuk, suggesting that it has evolved from the RYUK source code. While this may have been true for very early samples, a Red Sky analysis of recent
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