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Ransomware assault costs $50 million on computer giant Acer



Ransomware assault costs $50 million on computer giant Acer

Revil ransomware has attacked computer company Acer, and the threat actors are requesting the $50,000,000,000 ransom, which is the highest known ransom to date.

Acer is a well-known Taiwanese manufacturer of computers, electronics, and monitors. About 7,000 people work for Acer, which had revenue of $7.8 billion in 2019.

The ransomware gang said yesterday that they have infiltrated Acer and posted some screenshots of purportedly stolen files as evidence on their data leak website.

These documents, which contain financial spreadsheets, bank balances, and bank correspondence, were exposed through the use of leaked photos.

In response to BleepingComputer’s queries, Acer said that they “reported recent odd situations” to pertinent LEAs and DPAs but did not give a clear statement as to whether they had been the victim of a REvil ransomware assault.

Below is a link to their full response:

“Acer regularly checks its IT infrastructure, and the majority of hacks are successfully thwarted. Companies like ours are frequently targeted, and we have recently witnessed strange circumstances that we have notified to the appropriate law enforcement and data protection agencies in several different countries.”

“To ensure company continuity and information integrity, we have been steadily improving our cybersecurity infrastructure. We strongly advise all businesses and organisations to follow cyber security best practises and guidelines and to keep an eye out for any unusual network behaviour.” – Acer.

Acer responded to queries for additional information by saying “there is an ongoing investigation and for the sake of security, we are unable to comment on details.”

Known highest ransom demand
Following the release of our article, LegMagIT’s Valery Marchive found the REvil ransomware sample that was utilised in the Acer assault and demanded a huge $50 million ransom.

Soon after, BleepingComputer discovered the sample and is able to corroborate that it is from the onslaught on Acer based on the ransom message and the victim’s chat with the attackers.

Beginning on March 14th, the victim began speaking with REvil, who displayed disbelief at the victim’s enormous $50 million demand.

The REvil representative offered a link to the Acer data leak page later on in the chat, which was still under wraps at the moment.

A 20% discount was also provided by the assailants if payment was completed by this past Wednesday. The ransomware group would deliver a decryptor, a vulnerability report, and the destruction of the files they had stolen in exchange.

The REvil operation once issued a mysterious warning to Acer, telling them “not not repeat the fate of the SolarWind.”

The previous greatest known ransom was the $30 million extortion from the Dairy Farm cyberattack, which was also perpetrated by REvil. REvil’s 50 million demand is the largest known ransom to date.

Possibly exploited Microsoft Exchange
According to Vitali Kremez of BleepingComputer, the Revil gang recently targeted a Microsoft Exchange server on the Acer domain, which Advanced Intel’s Andariel cyberintelligence technology was able to identify.

Kremez told BleepingComputer that “Advanced Intel’s Andariel cyberintelligence technology noticed that one specific REvil affiliate pursued Microsoft Exchange weaponization.”

Although they are a smaller operation with fewer victims, the threat actors behind the DearCry ransomware have already deployed their ransomware via the ProxyLogon vulnerability.

If the current Microsoft Exchange flaws were utilised by REvil to steal data or encrypt devices, it would mark the first time one of the ransomware operations that targets large-scale threats used this kind of attack.

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Microsoft fumbles supply chain and acknowledges signing rootkit malware.



Microsoft fumbles supply chain and acknowledges signing rootkit malware.

As of right now, Microsoft has admitted to signing a malicious driver that is disseminated in gaming contexts.

This “Netfilter”-named driver is actually a rootkit that has been seen interacting with Chinese C2 IP addresses.

Last week, the whole infosec. community joined G Data malware specialist Karsten Hahn in tracking down and analysing the malicious drivers that bore the Microsoft logo.

This incident exposed vulnerabilities to software supply-chain security once more, but this time it was caused by a flaw in the code-signing procedure used by Microsoft.

Rootkit “Netfilter” driver is Microsoft-signed.
A Microsoft signed driver dubbed “Netfilter” was detected last week by G Data’s cybersecurity alert systems as what at first glance appeared to be a false positive, but wasn’t.

The driver in question was observed interacting with C&C IPs based in China, which had no valid functionality and raised red flags.

This is when Karsten Hahn, a malware analyst at G Data, disclosed this publicly and contacted Microsoft at the same time:

Since Windows Vista, all code that operates in kernel mode must be tested and certified before being made available to the public in order to maintain the stability of the operating system.

According to Hahn, “Drivers without a Microsoft certificate cannot be deployed by default.”

At that time, BleepingComputer started tracking C2 URL behaviour and approached Microsoft for a comment.

A list of further routes (URLs), denoted by the pipe (“|”) symbol, are returned by the first C2 URL:

Each of these, in Hahn’s opinion, has a function:

The URL that ends in “/p” refers to proxy settings, “/s” offers encoded redirection IPs, “/h?” is for getting CPU-ID, “/c” offered a root certificate, and “/v?” refers to the malware’s self-updating capabilities.
For instance, as observed by BleepingComputer, the malicious Netfilter driver in question (residing at “/d3”) was accessible via the “/v?” path at the following URL:

After thoroughly examining the driver, the G Data researcher came to the conclusion that it was malware.

In a thorough blog post, the researcher examined the driver, its ability to self-update, and Indicators of Compromise (IOCs).

According to Hahn, the sample features a self-update routine that transmits its own MD5 hash to the server via the URL hxxp:/

An illustration of a request would be as follows:

“The server then replies with either ‘OK’ if the sample is current or the URL for the most recent sample, such as hxxp:/ As a result, the malware replaces its own file “further information from the researcher

Other malware specialists like Johann Aydinbas, Takahiro Haruyama, and Florian Roth worked with Hahn during his analysis.

Roth has offered YARA rules for recognising them in your network environments after being able to compile the list of samples in a spreadsheet.

Microsoft is looking at a bad actor who spreads harmful drivers inside of gaming environments.

“In order to be certified by the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program, the actor supplied drivers. A third party created the drivers.”

Microsoft stated yesterday, “We have stopped the account and checked their uploads for additional indicators of malware.”

Microsoft claims that the threat actor primarily targeted the gaming industry in China with these malicious drivers and that there is currently no evidence that enterprise environments have been impacted.

Microsoft is waiting before blaming nation-state actors for this incident.

Sophisticated threat actors may take advantage of falsely signed binaries to help launch extensive software supply-chain attacks.

A well-known event in which code-signing certificates were taken from Realtek and JMicron to assist the comprehensive Stuxnet attack on Iran’s nuclear programme.

However, this specific instance has shown flaws in a reliable code-signing procedure, which threat actors have exploited to obtain Microsoft-signed code without jeopardising any certifications.

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FlexBooker reports a data breach, affecting more than 3.7 million accounts.



FlexBooker reports a data breach, affecting more than 3.7 million accounts.

In an attack just before the holidays, the accounts of over three million customers of the American appointment scheduling service FlexBooker were taken, and they are now being exchanged on hacker forums.

The same hackers are also selling databases they claim to be from two other organisations: the Australian case management system rediCASE and the racing media outlet

Holiday breaches before
A few days before Christmas, there were supposedly three breaches, and the intruder posted the information on a hacking forum.

A popular programme for booking appointments and syncing employee calendars, FlexBooker, appears to be the source of the most recent data dump.

Owners of any company that needs to plan appointments, such as accountants, barbers, doctors, mechanics, lawyers, dentists, gyms, salons, therapists, trainers, spas, and the list goes on, are among FlexBooker’s clients.

The group claiming responsibility for the attack appears to go by the name of Uawrongteam, and they published links to files and archives containing personal information, including pictures, driver’s licences, and other IDs.

The database, according to Uawrongteam, has a table with 10 million lines of client data, including everything from payment forms and charges to pictures taken for driver’s licences.

Names, emails, phone numbers, password salt, and hashed passwords are among the database’s “juicy columns,” according to the actor.

Customers of FlexBooker have received a data breach notification that confirms the attack and that data on the service’s Amazon cloud storage system was “accessed and downloaded” by the intruders.

The letter states that “our account on Amazon’s AWS servers was compromised on December 23, 2021, starting at 4:05 PM EST,” adding that the attackers did not obtain “any credit card or other payment card information.”

FlexBooker advised consumers to be on the lookout for strange or fraudulent activities, and to monitor account statements and credit reports.

For further information, the developer also directed users to a report on a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. It was then determined that some customers’ personal information had been obtained by the hackers.

The FlexBooker assault exposed email addresses, names, partial credit card information, passwords, and phone numbers for more than 3.7 million users, according to the data breach reporting service Have I Been Pwned.

Prior to FlexBooker, the threat actor known as Uawrongteam distributed links to material that was purportedly taken from, a digital television station that broadcasts horse racing and offers news, stats, and event calendars associated with the sport.

The data from the Redbourne Gang’s rediCASE Case Management Software, which is utilised by numerous enterprises in addition to health and community agencies, looks to be another target of the same group.

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Rapyd, a “fintech-as-a-service” provider, to acquire Iceland-based Valitor, which establishes in-store and on the internet payments technologies, for $100M (Omar Faridi/Crowdfund Expert).



acquire Iceland-based Valitor

Rapyd, a “fintech-as-a-service” provider, to acquire Iceland-based Valitor, which develops in-store and online payments technologies, for $100M (Omar Faridi/Crowdfund Insider)

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