Indian hackers spreading ransomware to retaliate Govt actions on Farmers

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All these days we have seen adversary nations spreading ransomware in retaliation and to fund their criminal objectives. But the latest that is going on in the cyberworld of India is astonishing!

A hackers group named ‘Khalsa Cyber Fauj’ is indulging in the activity of spreading file encrypting malware into public and private companies operating in the Indian Subcontinent. And news is that it has already targeted around 28 SMBs( only private) by its actions that are not intended to make money in fraudulent ways, but are against the law planned against the farmers of India.

Hackers from Khalsa Cyber Fauj claim they are spreading ransomware to support the protests of farmers, and that is why they are urging their victims to support the demands of farmers.

Last year, the Indian government changed some laws related to the selling architecture of their produce that made many of the nationwide farmers agitate against the newly drafted law- despite the COVID lockdown norms. They argue the laws were tweaked just to favor the businesses run by business tycoons like Ambanis and Adanis- which looks as a baseless claim in practical.

After launching some agitation filled campaigns like Highways and Road blockings in the borders of Indian Capital of Delhi, some tech savvy farmers might have started this ongoing digital campaign that looks silly.

Security firm Quick Heal Technologies was the first to discover this ongoing campaign and disclosed that a ransomware named “Sarbloh” was developed to support the motives of the Cyber Fauj of Khalsa.

As per the details available to Cybersecurity Insiders, Sarbloh Ransomware is being distributed through emails via word files and the pop-up message states it was doing it to support farmers’ community against the BJP government led by Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi Ji.

And the highlight of this campaign is that the encryption is being done in military grade style that turns files useless after a certain period.

So, all those who are super-active online either through shopping or browsing entertainment or gaming websites are requested not to click on unverified links sent through mobile messages and emails.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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