Ransomware news headlines trending on Google

    American Dental Association, shortly known as ADA, was reportedly hit by ransomware attack last week, disrupting its IT services to a certain extent and downing email chat and telephone services.

    Currently, the association website is down and is popping up a message that its information systems were down because of a cybersecurity incident and will be back shortly.

    A new ransomware known as the Black Basta has taken the claim of the incident and leaked about 2.8 gigabytes of data stolen from the servers of ADA to the dark web. And reports are in Black Basta is threatening to release more data out of the total 9GB files if their ransom demand wasn’t fulfilled on time.

    Coming to the second news that was trending on Google and related to Ransomware is a report released by MalwareHunter Team that describes Onyx Ransomware gang as criminals who destroy large files instead of encrypting them until a ransom is paid.

    Onyx Ransomware was known till date as one of the malware spreading gangs that locks up data from access until a ransom is paid. However, researchers from MalwareHunter’s team have detected now that Onyx deletes large files after infecting a server.

    Concurringly, from the past few weeks that gang is found encrypting files that are smaller than 200MB and are found either deleting those larger than 200 MB or overwriting data on them with random data.

    Third is a survey report released by Sophos claiming the year 2021 witnessed 66% of organizations falling prey to cyber attacks.

    Sophos State of Ransomware 2022 compiled a report covering emerging insights from the world of ransomware. And concluded that file encrypting malware attacks were becoming complex, sophisticated, more impactful and hard to detect.

    The only positive news in this report is the cost of remediation coming down to $1.85 million from $1.4 million.

    Fourth is the news related to ransomware and trending on Google via the BleepingComputer website. It is related to Quantum Ransomware that has the potential to encrypt any large database within a time of 3 hours 44 minutes.

    Cybersecurity researchers from DFIR Report discovered the encryption time of Quantum Ransomware that is found being distributed through a phishing email.


    Naveen Goud
    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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