According to BleepingComputer, the REvil ransomware operation announced this week that they are using DDoS attacks and voice calls to journalists and victim’s business partners to generate ransom payments. The REvil ransomware operation, also known as Sodinokibi, is a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) where the ransomware operators develop the malware and payment site, and affiliates (adverts) compromise corporate networks to deploy the ransomware.

As part of this deal, the REvil developers earn between 20-30% of ransom payments, and the affiliates make the remaining 70-80%. To pressure victims into paying a ransom, ransomware gangs have increasingly turned to a double-extortion tactic, where attackers steal unencrypted files that they threaten to release if a ransom is not paid.

In February, the REvil ransomware operation posted a job notice where they were looking to recruit people to perform DDoS attacks and use VOIP calls to contact victims and their partners. Today, a security researcher known as 3xp0rt discovered that REvil has announced that they were introducing new tactics that affiliates can use to exert even more pressure on victims.

These new tactics include a free service where the threat actors, or affiliated partners, will perform voice-scrambled VOIP calls to the media and victim’s business partners with information about the attack.

The ransomware gang is likely assuming that warning businesses that their data may have been exposed in an attack on of their partners, will create further pressure for the victim to pay. REvil is also providing a paid service that allows affiliates to perform Layer 3 and Layer 7 DDoS attacks against a company for maximum pressure.

A Layer 3 attack is commonly used to take down the company’s Internet connection. In contrast, threat actors would use a Layer 7 attack to take down a publicly accessible application, such as a web server. In October, we reported that the SunCrypt and Ragnar Locker ransomware operations had begun to use DDoS attacks against victims to pressure them to pay. In January 2021, the Avaddon ransomware gang began using this tactic as well, so it is not surprising to see other operations begin utilizing these attacks as well.

 

Revil ransomware is one of the most active threat groups lurking the internet. Many different post-encryption tactics have been used to try to coerce payments from victims trying to get their networks up and running, but it’s certain no organizations want their clients or business partners to receive phone calls from threat actors while they’re trying to restore business operations. Reputation matters, and we want to ensure yours is strong.

In order to avoid this type of occurrence, contact our Security Operations Center and allow our team of cyber experts to monitor your environments. We will take care of the communication between threat actors after an incident, so you don’t have to.

An even better option is acting upon your cyber defenses proactively. We’ve developed an endpoint detection and response tool, ShadowSpear®, which collects logs through and sorts them for our engineers to easily respond to tickets. ShadowSpear® will also detect malicious threats like REvil ransomware and stop them before they can execute on your machines.

SpearTip’s cyber experts continuously monitor environments 24/7 in our US based Security Operations Center. Our certified engineers work in unison with our proprietary endpoint detection and response tool, ShadowSpear®. This allows your organization to have a direct communication with our engineers at any moment and a completely transparent view of your risk profile.

If you are experiencing a breach, please call our Security Operations Center at 833.997.7327.