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Friday, 24 July 2020 08:52

Windows REvil ransomware used to attack Spanish Govt firm

Windows REvil ransomware used to attack Spanish Govt firm Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Cyber criminals have used the Windows REvil ransomware to attack Adif, an infrastructure company owned by the Spanish Government, and have published data which was stolen from its dark Web site.

The attackers have apparently hit the organisation twice before, and threatened a third attack as soon as the data was published.

"We advise you to get in touch immediately. We have personal information including correspondence, contracts and other accounting (total 800 gigabytes of data)," they said in a note posted online.

"If you do not comply with our terms, your data will be published in the public domain. We will continue to download your data until you contact us," they added in surprisingly good English.

According to its website, ADIF, the Administrator of Railway Infrastructure, is a state-owned company that answers to the Transport Ministry.

The site said Adif played a leading role in promoting the railway sector, working towards converting it into the ideal mode of transport and facilitating access to the infrastructure under fair conditions.

adif data

A screenshot of some of the Adif data posted online by the gang who attacked the company's website.

Adif's job is to to promote the Spanish railway system by developing and managing a safe, efficient and sustainable infrastructure to the highest quality standards in environmental terms.

The company is in charge of looking after rail infrastructure (tracks, stations, freight terminals, etc), managing rail traffic, distributing capacity to rail operators and the collection of fees for infrastructure, station and freight terminal use.

The company has no email contact for media and hence iTWire has sent a request for comment to the three email addresses that are available on the site.

The people behind REvil, which is also known as Sodinokibi, make a ransom demand and then wait to hear from the victim. If the ransom is not paid, then some of the data that has been pilfered during the attack is published.

If a REvil victim is not persuaded by this, then more data is made public. REvil also posts data on underground forums for other miscreants to pick up and use for their own nefarious purposes.

The ransomware is able to exploit a 2018 Windows vulnerability to elevate privileges, a flaw that Microsoft rates as important.

REvil is about the most widely used ransomware and is used by a variety of actors in different countries as can be seen from these links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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