This week, MSSP Alert reported that the Ziggy ransomware group was calling it quits. On top of that, they’ve decided to issue refunds. That sounds unreal, right?
Apparently, fearing law enforcement, the group has decided to issue the refunds. This is a step in the right direction for those looking for assistance from law enforcement in shutting down ransomware gangs. Meanwhile, international enforcement teams were successful in January in shutting down the Emotet botnet. A collaboration of 8 countries, the US included, helped achieve this major milestone.
The dismantling of Emotet, and the refunds being issued by Ziggy, are hopefully steps in the right direction. Ransomware is exploding. First came the SolarWinds hack, then the Facebook, and now the Accellion. Next will be… who knows? Hopefully the law enforcement advancements lead to more crackdowns.
What is Emotet malware? Emotet is a Trojan that is spread through spam or phishing emails . The infection may arrive either by a malicious script, downloadable document files, or a malicious link. Phishing emails usually have company branding or sent by a spoofed email address impersonating a legitimate company designed to look like a legitimate email. Read more how to protect yourself from malware attacks with antivirus protection.
Ziggy Ransomware Group is a gang of cyber criminals.
Ransomware gangs are groups of cyber criminals who hold computer data, device or network for ransom. The number of ransomware attacks is increasing daily. Read more about cyber attacks involving ransomware.
Until then, however, spread the news about the Ziggy refund. And stay safe out there.