Ransomware news trending on Google

    In a recent report by Check Point software technologies, it has been revealed that Microsoft’s AI-based chat platform, ChatGPT, has demonstrated the ability to generate ransomware, in addition to creating SEO-friendly content and codes. This discovery underscores the dual nature of Artificial Intelligence technology, as it can be both beneficial and risky depending on the intent of its human users.

    Another concerning development is the resurgence of the Akira Ransomware in the cyberspace. Security analysts warn that this malware is now capable of launching double extortion attacks. In such attacks, hackers not only encrypt the victim’s entire database but also steal sensitive data, demanding a ransom in cryptocurrency for its safe return. Akira’s reach extends to both Windows and Linux systems, utilizing tools like WinRAR, PCHunter, and AnyDesk to infiltrate and wreak havoc.

    The third piece of news pertains to the Mallox Ransomware, which has been spreading through targeted networks via SQL Servers. Also known as Fargo, Tohnichi, and TargetCompany, Mallox was first discovered in June 2021, infecting computers within the educational sector. Now, it is expanding its reach to servers involved in various industries, including manufacturing, wholesale, legal, and IT services.

    Lastly, the Clop Ransomware gang has adopted a new tactic of creating clearweb web portals for prominent companies and subsequently leaking data from their victims. The clear-web is a section of the internet accessible to the public and can be indexed by search engines. Exploiting these platforms, the CLOP gang has released approximately 16GB of sensitive information from companies such as PWC, Aon, EY, Kirkland, and TD Ameritrade. The intention behind this act is to put pressure on the victims to pay the ransom, with the added risk of these websites being taken down by law enforcement within hours of their launch. This demonstrates the increasing sophistication and audacity of ransomware attackers in the digital landscape.

    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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