The cybersecurity company, Symantec, blocked a ransomware attack by a well-known group for demanding payment at Bitcoin Era (BTC). The attack targeted 30 U.S.-based companies and companies in the Fortune 500.
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The announcement published by the cybersecurity company states that, Evil Group, is the cybercriminal group behind these attacks, which targeted companies‘ IT infrastructures. Even so, the companies were alerted in time to prevent the deployment of ransomware, the group used ransomware WastedLocker, and managed to violate the security of the victims‘ networks and tried unsuccessfully to prepare the ground for the attacks.
The group is demanding payments in the millions
Cointelegraph recently reported that a study by the cyber security firm Fox-IT, a division of the NCC Group, warned of a return to the cyber-criminal activities of the Evil Group after a short period of inactivity.
The group is well known for asking its victims to pay millions of dollars in ransoms in crypto currencies like Bitcoin. There are reports that the group had been asking for a combined total of $10 million from an unknown number of US companies that were recently attacked.
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Symantec’s Targeted Attack Cloud Analytics team first detected the early stages of WastedLocker attacks, relying on advanced self-learning to detect activity patterns related to recent attacks.
Evil Group targeted 31 companies in the failed attack, one of which is a U.S.-based subsidiary of a multinational corporation overseas.
The sector most affected
Symantec did not identify the intended victims, but the cybersecurity company’s report said the manufacturing sector was most affected, as the group focused on five organizations related to that sector.
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According to Symantec, if the attackers had not been interrupted, „successful attacks could have caused millions in damage, downtime and a possible ripple effect on supply chains.
Evil Group had stopped its operations until January 2020 due to the accusation of its alleged members, Igor Olegovich Turashev and Maksim Viktorovich Yakubets.