This holiday edition cover the latest ransomware news from the past two weeks, including known ransomware attacks and law enforcement takedowns.

Over the past two weeks, we have seen ransomware attacks on scent and flavor designed Symrise, FreePBX developer Sangoma, trucking giant Air Forward, and home appliance maker Whirlpool, 

Of particular interest is the Air Forward attack as it was done by the new Hades ransomware operation that began operating last month and has been busy racking up victims.

This week’s other big news is the law enforcement takedown of the Safe-Inet and Insorg VPN and proxy services known for catering to cybercriminal activity.

According to Europol, threat actors using these services included ransomware operations, skimming attacks, and more.

“Active for over a decade, Safe-Inet was being used by some of the world’s biggest cybercriminals, such as the ransomware operators responsible for ransomware, E-skimming breaches and other forms of serious cybercrime,” Europol stated in a press release about the operation.

Contributors and those who provided new ransomware information and stories this week include @FourOctets, @PolarToffee, @DanielGallagher, @malwrhunterteam, @LawrenceAbrams, @struppigel, @fwosar, @VK_Intel, @jorntvdw, @serghei, @demonslay335, @malwareforme, @Ionut_Ilascu, @Seifreed, @BleepinComputer, @AhnLab_SecuInfo, @chum1ng0, @siri_urz, @Kangxiaopao, @Jirehlov, @fbgwls245, @M_Shahpasandi, and @S2Wlab.

December 19th 2020

New ANCrypted Ransomware

M. Shahpasandi found a new ransomware called ANCrypted.


December 20th 2020

Flavors designer Symrise halts production after Clop ransomware attack

Flavor and fragrance developer Symrise has suffered a Clop ransomware attack where the attackers allegedly stole 500 GB of unencrypted files and encrypted close to 1,000 devices.

December 21st 2020

Trucking giant Forward Air hit by new Hades ransomware gang

Trucking and freight logistics company Forward Air has suffered a ransomware attack by a new ransomware gang that has impacted the company’s business operations.

The Institute for Security and Technology (IST) Launches Multi-Sector Ransomware Task Force (RTF)

The Institute for Security and Technology (IST) — in partnership with a broad coalition of experts in industry, government, law enforcement, nonprofits, cybersecurity insurance, and international organizations — is today launching a new Ransomware Task Force (RTF) to tackle this increasingly prevalent and destructive type of cybercrime. The RTF’s founding members understand that ransomware is too large of a threat for any one entity to address, and have come together to provide clear recommendations for both public and private action that will significantly reduce the threat posed by this criminal enterprise.

BlackMamba Ransomware 2.0 discovered

S!ri discovered the BlackMamba 2.0 ransomware.


New cuteRansomware discovered

S!ri discovered a new ransomware called cuteRansomware.


December 22nd 2020

Magniber Ransomware Changed Vulnerability (CVE-2019-1367 -> CVE-2020-0968) and Attempted to Bypass Behavior Detection

Since September 23, 2019, CVE-2019-1367 vulnerability, which the developer of Magniber used for distribution, stopped operating in the systems with emergency security patch (Version 1903) applied. In response, the developer changed the latest vulnerability to CVE-2020-0968, expanding the infection target range. On top of this occurrence, CVE-2020-0968 security patch (distributed on April 15, 2020) cannot be applied to Windows 7 as it is no longer supported as of January 14, 2020. For better understanding of the changes, see figures below which are the comparisons between the codes before the change (including POC) and the those after the change.

Safe-Inet, Insorg VPN services shut down by law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies around the world in a coordinated effort took down and seized the infrastructure supporting Safe-Inet and Insorg VPN and proxy services known for catering to cybercriminal activity.

December 23rd 2020

New v316 ransomware

MalwareHunterTeam found a new v316 Jigsaw variant that pretends to be a ProtonVPN installer. 

Story of the week: Ransomware on the Darkweb | W4 Dec

S2W LAB publishes weekly reports of the Ransomware activities that took place at Dark Web. Report includes summary of victimized firms, Top 5 targeted countries and industrial sectors, status of dark web forum posts by ransomware operator, etc.

December 24th 2020

FreePBX developer Sangoma hit with Conti ransomware attack

Sangoma disclosed a data breach after files were stolen during a recent Conti ransomware attack and published online.

New LOL Ransomware

xiaopao discovered the LOL ransomware that appends the .jcrypt extension to encrypted files.


New RansomeToad ransomware

xiaopao discovered a new ransomware called RansomeToad that appends the .rtcrypted extension.


New 21btc Dharma ransomware variant

xiaopao found a new Dharma ransomware variant that appends the .21btc extension to encrypted files.

New BlueEagle ransomware

xiaopao found a new ransomware called BlueEagle that appends the ..MaxSteel.Saher Blue Eagle extension.

December 25th 2020

New igal STOP Ransomware variant

Amigo-A found a new STOP ransomware variant that appends the .igal extension.

Unknown ransomware thinks it’s funny

MalwareHunterTeam found a new ransomware that appends the .HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa extension to encrypted files.

New Mijnal Ransomware

Jirehlov Solace found a new ransomware that appends the .mijnal extension and drops a ransom note named OpenTheTorBrouser.html.

December 26th 2020

New PThree ransomware

Jirehlov Solace found a new ransomware named PThree that appends the .16x extension to encrypted files.


December 28th 2020

Home appliance giant Whirlpool hit in Nefilim ransomware attack

Home appliances giant Whirlpool suffered a ransomware attack by the Nefilim ransomware gang who stole data before encrypting devices.

New Lockedv1 ransomware

dnwls0719 found a new ransomware that appends the .lockedv1 extension and drops a ransom note named READMEV1.txt.

December 29th 2020

US Treasury warns of ransomware targeting COVID-19 vaccine research

The US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) warned financial institutions of ransomware actively targeting vaccine research organizations.

That’s it for this week! Hope everyone has a nice weekend!