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01/28/2022

Who Wrote the ALPHV/BlackCat Ransomware Strain?

Krebs on Security

In December 2021, researchers discovered a new ransomware-as-a-service named ALPHV (a.k.a. “BlackCat“), considered to be the first professional cybercrime group to create and use a ransomware strain written in the Rust programming language. In this post, we’ll explore some of the clues left behind by a developer who was reputedly hired to code the ransomware variant.

According to an analysis released this week by Varonis, ALPHV is actively recruiting operators from several ransomware organizations — including REvilBlackMatter and DarkSide — and is offering affiliates up to 90 percent of any ransom paid by a victim organization.

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