Storm-1811 Exploits Windows Tool to Deploy Black Basta Ransomware, Nets $100M

May 16, 2024
Storm-1811 Exploits Windows Tool to Deploy Black Basta Ransomware, Nets $100M
  • Microsoft and cybersecurity firm Rapid7 have uncovered a social engineering campaign by Storm-1811 that exploits Windows Quick Assist to deploy Black Basta ransomware.

  • The attackers conduct email bombing, then pose as Microsoft support or IT staff to gain device access, followed by downloading malicious payloads and using PsExec for ransomware deployment.

  • Rapid7 discovered that the attackers collect credentials using batch scripts, which are then sent back to their server.

  • Black Basta ransomware, active since April 2022, has affected over 500 organizations and extorted over $100 million in ransoms from more than 90 entities by November 2023.

  • Cybersecurity authorities like CISA, the FBI, and Health-ISAC have issued warnings, with the healthcare industry being a significant target.

  • Microsoft recommends blocking or uninstalling Quick Assist, educating employees on tech support scams, and ensuring access to devices is only granted to verified individuals to mitigate such attacks.

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