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.
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.
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."