Last Updated on 08/01/2022 by Nidhi Khandelwal
To decrypt the encrypted data of one of its victims, the AvosLocker ransomware organization had to issue a free decryptor. The news came after the organization was discovered to have hacked into the networks of a US police department.
Is it a fear of the authorities?
AvosLocker operators compromised devices and stole data from a police department about a month ago.
According to a member of the AvosLocker organization, they have no rules regarding who they target. Government agencies and the healthcare industry, on the other hand, are frequently spared.
They delivered a decryptor to the hacked agency since they knew the target was a US federal entity.
When pressed on his fear of law enforcement, the member replied that taxpayer money is difficult to come by, thus he avoids targeting government entities.
When asked for more information regarding the intrusion, the organization refused to provide a list of stolen files or explain how they penetrated the department’s network.
AvosLocker has been active since July 2021, and it is constantly refining its strategies and tactics in order to fill the void left by ransomware gangs that shut down last year.
They recently installed AnyDesk in Safe Mode on infected devices and subsequently disabled the security tool’s components.
The ransomware members were seen looking for accomplices in the form of access brokers last month. They could be aiming to fill the hole left by REvil, according to experts.
In the past, the ransomware organization has targeted high-end banking and manufacturing firms as victims.
With frequent modifications, the AvosLocker ransomware organization is gradually evolving into a more sophisticated ransomware group. The fight against ransomware gangs necessitates ongoing collaboration and swift action from both law enforcement and the commercial sector.