BianLian Ransomware Cuts Straight to Extortion
Category: Ransomware News | Industries: Education, Engineering, Healthcare, Technology | Level: Strategic | Source: Redacted
The BianLian ransomware group has altered its approach, now concentrates on exfiltrating data from breached networks to extort their victims and skip the encryption phase. Although the change in tactic was in-response to Avast releasing a decryption tool for BianLian's encryptor. Ransomware groups became aware in numerous instances, the threat of exposing confidential data is the more compelling motivation for victims to pay the ransom. BianLian is not the only group who've favored this approach since groups such as Karakurt and Donut Leaks opt to speed up their intrusion operations and not bother with complications associated with encrypting the victim's network.