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    US Government Alerts of Imminent Attacks Against the Healthcare Sector by Trickbot Group

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Last week,  the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following alert: AA20-302A…

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    AKO Ransomware – Analysis

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Since January 2020, Arete’s incident response (IR) team has responded to various AKO ransomware engagements. Recently, we have encountered these specific attacks against the Finance, Healthcare, and Manufacturing sectors. This…

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    Conti Ransomware is the New Ryuk?

    BACKGROUND Based on analysis of Conti ransomware, which was originally spotted in the wild in February of this year, the Arete Threat Intelligence team believes that this variant is being operated by the same group that conducted Ryuk…

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    Universal Encryption

    Ransomware variants like Ryuk, WastedLocker, and Dopplepaymer are also file level encryption. These groups will gain access to the network and perform reconnaissance to identify the victim, understand their business, identify critical sys­tems, and…

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    System Specific Encryption

    Ransomware variants like Phobos, Dharma or CryLock are file level encryption. The TA gains access to the system, copies specific encryption executables onto the systems then runs the executables to encrypt the files. The results are files with a new…

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    Remote Access and IoT Search Engines

    Recently, Arete Incident Response Tiger Teams (“Arete IR”) have responded to an increased volume of ransomware incidents involving the Sodinikibi, Phobos, and Dharma ransomware variants. The threat actors deploying these variants are known to use…

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    Monero- Overview & Quick Facts

    OVERVIEW Recently, the threat group behind Sodinokibi ransomware publicly announced the switch from Bitcoin to accepting only Monero payments. The switch was motivated largely by the fact that Monero is inherently more difficult for law…

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    Maze Ransomware: Is Posting Data Counterproductive?

    Ransomware incidents dominated INFOSEC news in 2019. Penetration methods continued to evolve, attacks became more targeted and ransom demands continued to rise. A major shift in attacker tactics happened in early December when the group behind the…

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