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Avaddon ransomware launches data leak site to extort victims

Posted on Aug 11, 2020
Avaddon ransomware launches data leak site to extort victims

Avaddon ransomware is the latest cybercrime operation to launch a data leak site that will be used to publish the stolen data of victims who do not pay a ransom demand.

Since the Maze operators began publicly leaking files stolen in ransomware attacks, other operations soon followed suit and began creating data leak sites to publish stolen files.

These sites are designed to scare victims into paying a ransomware under threat that their files will be leaked to the public. If publicly released, this data could expose financial information, personal information of employees, and client data, which leads to a data breach.

Cybersecurity intelligence firm Kela has told BleepingComputer that the Avaddon ransomware operators have announced on a Russian-speaking hacker forum this weekend that they have launched a new data leak site.

The use of data leak sites is a tactic that is not going away, and corporate victims need to accept that all ransomware attacks are now data breaches.

Full article on https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/avaddon-ransomware-launches-data-leak-site-to-extort-victims/

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