What is BlackCat Ransomware?


BlackCat, also referred to as ALPHV and Noberus, is the first Rust-language-based ransomware strain. It has victimized more than 350 targets since it was first detected in November 2021. Because of the cross-platform language Rust, it is easily customizable for diverse operating systems and enterprise environments.

This malware is used to execute a string of high-profile and successful attacks, which consists of triple extortion tactics including deploying the ransomware, exposing exfiltrated data, and launching DDoS attacks. BlackCat is an example of a threat actor that enhances their tooling and tradecraft to increase their chance of a successful compromise. No attack looks the same.

It is believed that several BlackCat operators, developers, and affiliates have ties to now-defunct RaaS gangs, DarkSide, and BlackMatter. It is also speculated that BlackCat is believed to be the first cyber gang to set up a data leaks website on the public internet vs. the dark web. Which is a scare tactic.

BlackCat remains an active threat and has shown no signs of slowing down.

BlackCat ransomware is just one threat actor facing the world today. Companies need to stay vigilant in deploying the most up-to-date security solutions and providing on-going training to employees on security risks and protocols. Need help with any of that? Let us help. 2W Tech is a technology solutions provider specializing in solutions for the manufacturing industry. Give us a call today and let our team of expert IT Security Consultants help ensure your business is protected from BlackCat and other security threats.

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