FBI alert on Egregor ransomware highlighted affiliate cybercrime model

An emerging strain of ransomware that was the subject of a recent FBI report is relying on an extortion technique in which attackers publish stolen data to a public website in the event that a victim organization refuses to meet hackers’ demands.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation in January warned that the gang behind the Egregor ransomware, first detected in September 2020, would compromise a victim’s network, then order a victim to print a physical copy of a ransom note spelling out a demand to pay a specific fee, otherwise risk their stolen data being made public. French and Ukrainian police took action against hackers who used the Egregor malware in February, reportedly arresting “several” suspects.  In its advisory, the bureau said that attackers can rent Egregor as a ransomware-as-a-service malware, and that it relies on other hacking tools as part of an affiliate model. Egregor frequently comes packaged with
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