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BlackCat Ransomware Gang Claims to Have Hacked US Department of Defense Contractor

NJVC has been added to the victim list of the BlackCat (ALPHV) ransomware gang. NJVC provides IT support to the US government’s intelligence and defense organizations.

With annual revenue of over $290 million, the company NJVC has a very impressive record. It is claimed that the BlackCat Ransomware Gang has hacked the Department of Defense of the United States of America.

DarkFeed, a deep web intelligence company that operates on the dark web, spotted the message on 28 September. There was a breach declaration provided by BlackCat, which resulted in its immediate suspension. TheRegister said.

Until 30 September, the Dark Web site that hosted BlackCat’s leak site was accessible. NJVC is no longer listed as a victim of the gang and has been removed from its website.

“We strongly recommend that you contact us to discuss your situation. Otherwise, the confidential data in our possession will be released in stages every 12 hours. There is a lot of material,” ALPHV said, per the screenshot.

Professional Rookies

In late 2021, the first outbreaks of BlackCat ransomware were observed, and the Rust programming language was used in BlackCat. 

Ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) is one of the business models operated by this organization, just like so many others in the criminal underworld.

A number of prominent ransomware families are known to have been used by threat actors who started deploying BlackCat ransomware.

Here below we have mentioned those ransomware families:-

  • Conti
  • LockBit
  • REvil

Darkside and Blackmatter ransomware cartels are linked with the BlackCat cartel. This group may have a well-established network with close ties to the ransomware industry in the case of the ransomware business.

As one of the most active ransomware gangs in recent years, BlackCat has been among the most prominent. It is estimated that in 2022, near about 12% of all attacks were perpetrated by this group.

It is estimated that the group’s activity has increased by 117% since the quarter before, in comparison with the quarter prior. Moreover, as part of the group’s strategy, high-profile, critical industries are being targeted by the group.

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Balaji
BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.

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