The FBI this week released a report detailing indicators of compromise associated with ransomware variants that have compromised at least 60 entities worldwide, and recommendations for organizations to reduce their risk of attack. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency today encouraged organizations to review and apply the recommendations. 

John Riggi, AHA’s national advisor for cybersecurity and risk, said, “In addition to containing actionable indicators of compromise, this FBI FLASH points out that the BlackCat gang is using advanced programming language (known as RUST) that increases the reliability of their attacks, and offering their capability to other hackers as ‘ransomware as a service.’ It also notes that members of the BlackCat ransomware gang have been linked to the Russian-speaking Darkside/Blackmatter gang responsible for the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack in 2021 – thereby indicating this group may possess the capability to attack U.S. critical infrastructure. Whether they have the current intent remains to be seen. Given the possible Russian connection and the flurry of recent government warnings of Russian-state sponsored and criminal cyber threats to U.S. critical infrastructure, the BlackCat ransomware group is of significant concern.”   

For more information on this and other cyber risks, contact Riggi at jriggi@aha.org.

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