We have seen that there are a lot of attacks which involve hacking and every hacking group has its own method of doing their attacks which is also how they get identified. However, we have seen that this is done deliberately so as to make themselves popular in the market for making a mark along with the hacking attack. Now, we are here to tell you about an old type of ransomware attack that has come back to fashion ever since the Coronavirus pandemic began. This ransomware attack is with the help of phishing emails that was trending earlier but it was stopped as the attacks were not having a higher success rate.
But now that the phishing emails are becoming successful once again, we can confirm as per new reports that this type of ransomware attacks have started to be noticed. Ever since the ransomware attacks using phishing emails were stopped, attackers used to do these attacks with insecure public-facing servers and other vulnerabilities in enterprise networks to encrypt entire networks as well as using remote ports. But it looks like the hackers have understood that if phishing emails are working then why try the harder methods.
As we had mentioned earlier, these phishing emails are designed by people with the current topic in mind such as the Coronavirus. These phishing emails sometimes start wit subject lines such as free testing for the COVID-19 which is how some people get lured into clicking on the links given inside the email and become prey to the ransomware.
The report also mentions that “One of the largest email campaigns is by new ransomware called Avaddon; during one week in June was distributed in over one million messages, mainly targeting organisations in the US”. It is known that Avaddon ransomware attackers offer a 24/7 ‘support’ service to make sure the victims have the understanding necessary to pay the ransom