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Ransomware gangs add DDoS to their arsenal to put pressure on victims Featured

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Ransomware gangs appear to have added another tool to their arsenal in order to extort ransoms from their victims, with some using distributed denial of service attacks to pile on the pressure.

A gang of cyber criminals using SunCrypt, a new addition to the ransomware fold, claim to have staged a DDoS to attack the Irish company Glen Dimplex Home Appliances.

Formerly known as Glen Electric, the company is an electrical goods firm that has its headquarters in Dublin and manufacturing and development centres in the UK, China and a few other countries.

Glen also has branches in North America, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Poland, Belgium, France, Australia and Scandinavia.

It has 8500 employees and pulled in revenue of 1.5 billion in 2004, the only year for which figures are given by Wikipedia.

On its leak site on the dark web, SunCrypt lists the stage of an attack, in some cases noting "encrypted" and in others "DDoS" or "New" or "Full Dump" as can be seen from the graphic below.

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iTWire has contacted Glen Dimplex Home Appliances for comment.

Ransomware threat researcher Brett Callow told iTWire that while DDoS attacks were certainly easier to deal with than ransomware attacks, they nonetheless represented another problem that targeted companies needed to deal with.

"Whether SunCrypt will popularise DDoS in the same way that Maze popularised exfiltration is something only time will tell," added Callow, who works for the New Zealand-headquartered security firm Emsisoft.

"If the strategy increases conversions, then it will certainly be adopted by other threat groups. DDoS is very cheap and very easy so there's no reason others wouldn't jump on the bandwagon."

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Sam Varghese

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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