A gang of cybercriminals responsible for numerous financially crippling ransomware attacks against large-scale companies, including the gaming giant Capcom and drinks firm Campari, has issued a threat to victims that if they attempt to seek help from professional bodies or the police they will leak their data. But what would you do?
The Ragnar Locker gang have warned against victims enlisting the help of recovery companies, but it's the police contact that they are most concerned about. In a statement posted on their darknet website, they warn that there will be severe penalties to those who do not comply.
Their full statement, which is littered with grammatical errors, most probably due to the translation from a foreign language, possibly Russian, to English, reads:
Typically, ransomware gangs are not too keen on victims enlisting the help of a professional recovery business to recover its data for a lesser fee than demanded, or when they successfully manage to help the company to not pay a ransom at all. But they get really upset when a victim attracts interest in their gang by contacting the police or any law enforcement groups.
Their aim is of course to speak with the victim and the victim only to get their hands on the cash. But if your company is targeted by Ragnar Locker, or any ransomware gang who threatens to leak your data, are you going to let them dictate play?
It’s a quandary of course, and you, as a business owner, may feel like you’re between a rock and a hard place. But we can assist with the tough decisions you face. We can guide you through a ransomware attack.
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