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NamesALPHV (self given)
ALPHVM (self given)
BlackCat Gang (?)
Country[Unknown]
MotivationFinancial gain
First seen2021
Description(Palo Alto) BlackCat (aka ALPHV) is a ransomware family that surfaced in mid-November 2021 and quickly gained notoriety for its sophistication and innovation. Operating a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) business model, BlackCat was observed soliciting for affiliates in known cybercrime forums, offering to allow affiliates to leverage the ransomware and keep 80-90% of the ransom payment. The remainder would be paid to the BlackCat author.

The threat actors leveraging BlackCat, often referred to as the 'BlackCat gang,' utilize numerous tactics that are becoming increasingly commonplace in the ransomware space. Notably, they use multiple extortion techniques in some cases, including the siphoning of victim data before ransomware deployment, threats to release data if the ransom is not paid and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
ObservedCountries: Worldwide.
Tools usedBlackCat, GO Simple Tunnel, LaZagne, MEGAsync, Mimikatz, PsExec, WebBrowserPassView.
Operations performedDec 2021Global IT services provider Inetum hit by ransomware attack
<https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/global-it-services-provider-inetum-hit-by-ransomware-attack/>
Dec 2021Fashion giant Moncler confirms data breach after ransomware attack
<https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fashion-giant-moncler-confirms-data-breach-after-ransomware-attack/>
Jan 2022BlackCat ransomware implicated in attack on German oil companies
<https://www.zdnet.com/article/blackcat-ransomware-implicated-in-attack-on-german-oil-companies/>
Jan 2022String of cyberattacks on European oil and chemical sectors likely not coordinated, officials say
<https://therecord.media/string-of-cyberattacks-on-european-oil-and-chemical-sectors-likely-not-coordinated-officials-say/>
Feb 2022BlackCat (ALPHV) claims Swissport ransomware attack, leaks data
<https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/blackcat-alphv-claims-swissport-ransomware-attack-leaks-data/>
Apr 2022BlackCat, believed a rebranded version of the BlackMatter or DarkSide ransomware group, has claimed to have successfully targeted several organizations including a popular Nigerian betting platform Bet9ja, three universities - FIU, NCAT State University, AIT-Thailand, and the largest natural gas supplier in Latin America - TGS, in the past few days.
<https://www.bankinfosecurity.com/blackcat-attack-on-betting-company-disrupts-service-a-18886>
May 2022Austrian federal state Carinthia has been hit by the BlackCat ransomware gang, also known as ALPHV, who demanded a $5 million to unlock the encrypted computer systems.
<https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/blackcat-alphv-ransomware-asks-5-million-to-unlock-austrian-state/>
May 2022Lockbit, Hive, and BlackCat attack automotive supplier in triple ransomware attack
<https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2022/08/10/lockbit-hive-and-blackcat-attack-automotive-supplier-in-triple-ransomware-attack/>
Jun 2022Louisiana authorities investigating ransomware attack on city of Alexandria
<https://therecord.media/louisiana-authorities-investigating-ransomware-attack-on-city-of-alexandria/>
Jun 2022BlackCat Attacks University of Pisa, Demands $4.5M Ransom
<https://www.bankinfosecurity.com/blackcat-attacks-university-pisa-demands-45m-ransom-a-19338>
Jun 2022Ransomware gang creates site for employees to search for their stolen data
<https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ransomware-gang-creates-site-for-employees-to-search-for-their-stolen-data/>
Jul 2022BlackCat (aka ALPHV) Ransomware is Increasing Stakes up to $2,5M in Demands
<https://resecurity.com/blog/article/blackcat-aka-alphv-ransomware-is-increasing-stakes-up-to-25m-in-demands>
Jul 2022Bandai Namco confirms hack after ALPHV ransomware data leak threat
<https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/bandai-namco-confirms-hack-after-alphv-ransomware-data-leak-threat/>
Jul 2022The ALPHV ransomware gang, aka BlackCat, claimed responsibility for a cyberattack against Creos Luxembourg S.A. last week, a natural gas pipeline and electricity network operator in the central European country.
<https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/blackcat-ransomware-claims-attack-on-european-gas-pipeline/>
Aug 2022Major airline technology provider Accelya attacked by ransomware group
<https://therecord.media/major-airline-technology-provider-accelya-attacked-by-ransomware-group/>
Aug 2022The BlackCat/ALPHV ransomware gang claimed responsibility for an attack that hit the systems of Italy's energy agency Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA (GSE) over the weekend.
<https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/blackcat-ransomware-claims-attack-on-italian-energy-agency/>
Information<https://unit42.paloaltonetworks.com/blackcat-ransomware/>
<https://krebsonsecurity.com/2022/01/who-wrote-the-alphv-blackcat-ransomware-strain/>
<https://therecord.media/an-alphv-blackcat-representative-discusses-the-groups-plans-for-a-ransomware-meta-universe/>
<https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities-threats/everything-you-need-to-know-about-blackcat-alphav->

Last change to this card: 13 September 2022

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