Ransomware Rumble: September’s Cybercrime Spree Takes the Gold!

If the Olympics had a cybercrime category, September 2023 would bag the gold. With a record 514 ransomware attacks, cybercriminals were busier than a cat on a hot tin roof. Newcomer LostTrust joined the party, but is it really MetaEncryptor in a party hat? Meanwhile, RansomedVC is stealing data and playing tattletale. Ransomware Attack Trends are definitely heating up!

Hot Take:

Well, if there was an Olympics for cybercrime, September 2023 would take home the gold. With a whopping 514 ransomware attacks, it’s clear that cybercriminals were working overtime, probably guzzling down energy drinks while they wreak havoc on innocent systems. The usual suspects, Cl0p and LockBit 3.0, were joined by a newbie, LostTrust – or should we say MetaEncryptor in a new disguise? And let’s not forget about RansomedVC, who not only steals your data but tattles on you to the data protection watchdog. Talk about adding insult to injury!

Key Points:

  • September 2023 saw a record-breaking 514 ransomware attacks.
  • LockBit 3.0, LostTrust, and BlackCat were the top cybercriminal groups leading the charge.
  • RansomedVC not only threatens data leaks but also reports victims to national data protection watchdogs.
  • Every fifth attack in September was done by a new cybercriminal group.
  • The majority of the attacks were targeted at North America, Europe, and Asia, with the industrial sector, consumer industry, and technology being the most affected.

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Meet the New Kids on the Cyberblock

LostTrust, a relatively new player in the cybercrime world, took center stage in September with 53 attacks. But don't be fooled - this greenhorn might just be MetaEncryptor in a fresh coat of paint, as their codes overlap significantly.

Snitches Get Stitches, RansomedVC

RansomedVC is a special kind of cybercriminal - they not only steal your data, but they'll rat you out to your national data protection watchdog too. Imagine being violated and then getting a slap on the wrist for it. Ouch!

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

While the cybercriminals may not be as charming as our favorite fictional thief, they sure do get around. North America bore the brunt of the attacks, with Europe and Asia tailing behind. As for industries, they had a particular liking for the industrial sector, consumer industry, and technology.

Attack of the Clones

Every fifth attack in September was by a new cybercriminal group. It's like a horde of Sith lords out there - every time you defeat one, two more take its place.

The Year of the Cybercriminal

With almost 3,500 attacks so far this year, it seems like we're on track to hit (or at least get uncomfortably close to) the 4,000 mark. So, buckle up folks, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!
Tags: BlackCat, Cl0p, General Data Protection Regulation, LockBit 3.0, LostTrust, NCC Group, Ransomware Attacks