New ransomware tries to corner cybersecurity researchers

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A new ransomware named ‘Azov Ransomware’ is found framing cybersecurity researchers as it doesn’t demand any ransom from its victims, instead it is asking them to contact forensic experts from a firm in the vicinity and do as per their instructions.

Though the actions of Azov Ransomware are strange, researchers state that it’s not a big surprise. As someone is trying to frame security personnel from a specific company or some in related field are playing the blame-game.

Bleeping computer that first reported details of the said malware issued an update that the malicious software is operating more of a data wiper than a file encrypting malware. And is being downloaded after the purchase of SmokeLoader dropper.

BTW, SmokeLoader is a kind of software available online and offers software cracks, key generators for operating systems and game piracies.

Now, to those who already seen the conversation threat of Reddit and are visiting this website for more inputs, here’s a clarity. Neither the Bleeping Computer, Hasherazade and MalwareHunterTeam nor Vitali Kremez are in any way connected to the malware or incidents associated to it. Meaning they are being falsely implicated!

Furthermore, as there is no clarity on the hackers or those behind the incident, it can be treated as a data wiper, as recovery is almost impossible.

NOTE- As of now, Azov ransomware spreading criminals are claiming to be indulging in such tactics to support Ukraine. But Bleeping computer claims that the Ukrainian Azov Regiment, working with neo-Nazi ideologies, might be behind the spread of the said data wiping software.

 

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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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