Adversaries behind a cross-platform BianLian ransomware target businesses in Australia, North America, and the UK, attacking multiple industries, including media and entertainment, healthcare, education, and manufacturing.
The ransomware strain first surfaced in December 2021 and, according to recent reports, is currently undergoing active development. BianLian Ransomware Gang has already compromised at least 20 companies; however, the actual numbers are probably higher, given that the victims who paid the ransom are not listed on adversaries’ data leak site on Tor.
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Written in Go, the BianLian ransomware is designed for compromising SonicWall VPN devices and the Microsoft Exchange Server ProxyShell vulnerabilities. The ransomware actor employs sophisticated techniques to break into systems and move laterally undetected, despite being a new player in the ransomware landscape. Upon exploits, attackers fetch malicious payloads from a remote server and run them. Also, researchers report cases of prolonged dwell times in all of the detailed attacks.
The research data indicates ransomware operators’ investment in new C&C servers, ensuring the campaign is picking up steam pretty quickly.
Golang-based ransomware is rising in popularity, and security researchers predict that we will see a steady increase of attacks leveraging this malware type in the near future. The high demand may be explained by the code versatility (once written the malware may be used across different OS) and Go-based malware pieces’ preeminent stealthiness.
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