Feds Issue BlackMatter Ransomware Warning
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In a joint alert from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the FBI, and the National Security Agency, the government warns of ransomware known as BlackMatter. BlackMatter is likely the successor to the DarkSide ransomware, which shut down earlier this year.
The agencies say the ransomware has hit two unnamed food and agricultural organizations, likely Iowa’s New Cooperative grain collective and Minnesota agriculture supplier Crystal Valley Cooperative. BlackMatter seeks between $80,000 and $15 million in cryptocurrency, including bitcoin and Monero, to unlock its victims’ systems. This alert follows a September Private Industry Notification from the FBI about ransomware threats to the food and agriculture industry. (Tim Starks / Cyberscoop)
Related: isssource.com, Homeland Security Today, Nextgov, DataBreaches.net, MSSP Alert, Meritalk, The Hill: Cybersecurity, DataBreachToday.com, Executive Gov, US-CERT Current Activity
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