The Indian government’s Computer Emergency Response Team-India (CERT-In) has issued a critical advisory warning citizens and organizations about a potent ransomware threat named “Akira.”
This malicious software, capable of infiltrating both Windows and Linux-based systems, poses a significant risk by compromising sensitive information and encrypting data, leading to potential extortion.
The advisory by CERT-In highlighted the intricate tactics employed by the creators of the “Akira” ransomware. The attackers behind this insidious malware operate with stealth, surreptitiously pilfering crucial information from the victim’s system.
Once they have acquired the data, the ransomware encrypts it, effectively blocking the user’s access. However, the threat does not end there, as the hackers resort to a double extortion scheme to maximize their gains.
In a sinister move, the hackers attempt to coerce the victim into paying a ransom to regain control of their encrypted data. In cases where the victim refuses to comply, CERT-In revealed that the attackers resort to further intimidation tactics. They follow through on their threats by publicly releasing the stolen data on the dark web.
This exposes sensitive information and can inflict significant reputational damage to the affected individuals or organizations.