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PolySwarm's 2024 Malware to Watch

Jan 8, 2024 1:04:35 PM / by The Hivemind posted in Threat Bulletin, Malware, LockBit, ALPHV, Predictions, BlackSuit, Rhysida, 2024, Hunters International, Play, 8base

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Executive Summary

In this first report of 2024, PolySwarm analysts chose the malware families to watch in 2024. A small selection of samples of each family are provided as well.

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2023 Recap - Cyber Threats to the Energy Vertical

Jan 2, 2024 11:43:43 AM / by The Hivemind posted in Threat Bulletin, Europe, LockBit, ALPHV, Charming Kitten, 2023, Cl0p, YoroTrooper, Energy, Bitter APT, Volt Typhoon, SpyNote, Rhysida, DroxiDat, VooDoo Bear, RedStinger, 2023 Recap, BlackBasta, Earth Yako, Prophet Spider, Cuba Ransomware

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Executive Summary

Cyber threats pose a significant risk to the energy vertical, which encompasses various sectors such as oil, gas, electricity, renewable energy, utilities, and related critical infrastructure entities. PolySwarm has been tracking cyber activity targeting the energy vertical in 2023. In this report, we provide highlights of this year’s threat actors and cyber attacks known to target the energy sector.

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2023 Recap - Malware Hall of Fame

Dec 18, 2023 3:13:23 PM / by The Hivemind posted in Threat Bulletin, Malware, LockBit, ALPHV, Cl0p, MOVEit, Rhysida, 2023 Recap, story of the year, BlackBasta

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Executive Summary

In this report, PolySwarm analysts chose our top five standout malware families for the 2023 Malware Hall of Fame. We also feature the Story of the Year, MOVEit. A small selection of our most recent samples of each family are provided as well.

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ALPHV Hacks MGM Grand

Sep 22, 2023 2:31:31 PM / by The Hivemind posted in Threat Bulletin, Ransomware, ALPHV, Scattered Spider, MGM Grand, social engineering

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Verticals Targeted: Gambling, Hospitality, Recreation

Executive Summary

MGM Resorts International was the victim of a recent cyber attack that impacted several systems, including its website, reservations, and in-casino services such as ATMs, slot machines, and credit card machines. ALPHV has taken credit for the attack.

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Fin8 Using Sardonic Backdoor

Jul 24, 2023 2:44:05 PM / by The Hivemind posted in Threat Bulletin, ALPHV, Backdoor, Fin8, Sardonic

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Related Families: ALPHV

Executive Summary

Fin8 was observed leveraging Sardonic backdoor to deliver ALPHV ransomware. 

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PolySwarm 2022 Recap - Threats to the Gaming Industry

Dec 12, 2022 1:55:57 PM / by PolySwarm Tech Team posted in Threat Bulletin, BlackCat, ALPHV, 2022 Recap, Electron Bot, Gaming, Redline, Chaos, Monster, AXLocker

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Related Families: RedLine, Chaos, Monster, Electron Bot, AXLocker, RapperBot, ALPHV/BlackCat, Electron Bot
Verticals Targeted: Gaming

Executive Summary

This report is part of PolySwarm’s 2022 Recap series. This edition provides an overview of the 2022 gaming threat landscape.

Key Takeaways

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BlackCat Ransomware

Mar 31, 2022 2:57:30 PM / by PolySwarm Tech Team posted in Threat Bulletin, Ransomware, BlackMatter, LockBit, BlackCat, ALPHV, DarkSide

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Background

In our PolySwarm 2021 Year in Review, we made several predictions for this year, including that BlackCat ransomware would become more prevalent, due to its sophistication. BlackCat ransomware is ransomware as a service (RaaS), which was recently linked to the 

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