Mon. Nov 18th, 2019

Cyber Shakedown: The New Technique RobbinHood Ransomware Operators Are Using on Victims

In the 1972 film, The Godfather, Marlon Brando — playing Don Vito Corleone — uttered ten words. And those ten words, simple as they may be, is one of the best-known lines in any film.

 

He said, “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

 

And, it seems like the operators behind the RobbinHood ransomware are taking a page from Corleone’s book. In fact, their latest ransomware note is one big offer — pay us or lose your data, Bleeping Computer reports.

 

The RobbinHood ransomware is responsible for two major incidents this year — the attack on Baltimore city and another attack, which affected systems in Greenville, North Carolina.

 

Even worse, unlike other types of ransomware, there is no decryption tool available for RobbinHood.

 

So, without the operator’s private key and unlocking software, “it’s impossible to recover files.” This fact is one of the reasons that RobbinHood ransomware is so dangerous. And while this is bad news for victims, the cybercriminals behind the attacks are boastful of this fact — “their latest message directs their victims to past incidents involving their ransomware.”

 

 

The instructions also warn victims not to work with the FBI, other security organizations, or to upload files to the VirusTotal scanning platform. ” Most importantly, turning off the systems, renaming the files, or trying to recover the computer “will damage your files,” the warning goes.”

 

So what can organizations do? Always backup your systems and make sure you have a proper incident plan in place.