The Indian Insurance Information Bureau (IIB) was recently hit by a ransomware attack, with the hackers demanding a payment of $250,000 in bitcoins in exchange for a decryption key. The extent of the damage is yet to be calculated, and the gang responsible for the attack remains unnamed. However, unconfirmed sources point towards the involvement of Killnet. Authorities are taking measures to neutralize the effect of the attack on the infrastructure.
Ashley Liles, an IT security analyst, was recently convicted for attempting to infiltrate the servers of his own employer to gain the ransom payment that was intended to be sent to the hackers who encrypted the database. The South East Regional Organized Crime Unit (SEROCU) issued a press release stating that Liles had manipulated the encrypted servers and altered the wallet address to which the ransom payment needs to be sent. The decision to imprison him was postponed until July, pending substantial evidence to punish him with up to 7 years of imprisonment and a penalty.
Dish, the satellite TV service provider, confirmed in a statement that hackers stole information of over 300,000 employees in a ransomware attack that took place in February this year. The satellite TV service provider added that no customer information was stolen in the incident, and the only concern is that the hackers stole information related to employees and their families. LockBit ransomware is suspected to be behind the incident.
A coordinated program launched by the FBI and CSI has led to the eradication of a Russian spying tool named Medusa. The malware was a part of the Turla hacking group and was being used to conduct espionage and lock down databases with encryption. The malware has a history of targeting NATO databases, top government agencies, and tech companies in North America, and its eradication could prove to be significant in the fight against Russian malware.