Labyrinth ransomware, one of the most potent and harmful strains of Windows ransomware that have actually hit business and organizations around the globe and demanded a payment in cryptocurrency in exchange for a safe healing of encrypted data, has now officially revealed the closing down of its operations on its website on the dark web.
Numerous ransomwares exist, Maze had actually distinguished itself from the others by not just stealing the information it discovers however by also passing it on to servers controlled by hackers who then threaten to launch it on public sites if they demanded ransom is not paid.
Major Maze Attacks
Previously in April 2020, the Cybersecurity & & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) had actually released an alert stating that the Maze ransomware has struck US Healthcare focuses launching samples of data taken, such as patient name, Social Security number, DoB, and other such information.
The most respected struck by Maze ransomware appears to be the IT giant, Cognizant. Earlier this year, Cognizant validated the attack, stating that numerous workers information seemed stolen.
Not all companies choose to pay the ransom, as seen in the case of Allied Universal, a business supplying security systems, janitorial services, and staffing.
There are reports specifying that Maze has actually also targeted companies such as Canon, Xerox, Visser, LG Electronics and a lot more.
The ransom demanded was 300 Bitcoins, which works out to roughly USD 4.15 million based on todays conversion. Due to the absence of cooperation, 700MB worth of private Allied Universal information was published on public online forums. Post this, the ransom ask was raised to 450 Bitcoins, around USD 6.2 million. However, there is no more clarity on whether the ransom was paid or the ethical high road taken.
Announcement on closure
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The ransom required was 300 Bitcoins, which works out to around USD 4.15 million as per todays conversion. Due to the absence of cooperation, 700MB worth of confidential Allied Universal data was published on public online forums. Post this, the ransom ask was raised to 450 Bitcoins, approximately USD 6.2 million.
The group operating Maze ransomware officially revealed their retirement on its website on the dark web.
Is this truly the end or simply a break to regroup and assault in a brand-new avatar with renewed vigor? Just time will inform.