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Maze Ransomware Targeting IT Sector Worldwide

A new ransomware called ‘Maze’ targeting IT services worldwide.

Threat Level: HIGH

Description
‘Maze’ ransomware, previously identified as “Chacha ransomware” first appeared in May 2019. The sole purpose of the ransomware is to encrypt the files and then demand a ransom to recover the files. Unlike other ransomware ‘Maze’ will release collected data on the public domain if the ransom is not paid. 

Figure: Map of Maze Infection

‘Maze’ is mainly exploiting remote desktop connections with weak passwords or through email impersonations.  Normally these emails are attached with a macro enabled word document and the macro is utilized to run the malware.

List of file extensions that the malware ignores are:  .LNK, .EXE, .SYS, .DLL and after encrypting all the files, the victims’ desktop will change as shown below;

Screenshot of Maze ransomware infected Windows PC

Reference: https://www.mcafee.com/blogs/other-blogs/mcafee-labs/ransomware-maze/

Impact

  • Loss of important files and documents of your company’s data
  • May result in a complete shutdown of your company’s operations
  • Financial loss
  • Damaged to your company’s reputation

Solution/ Workarounds

  • Implement proper backup policies and adhere to them strictly
  • Never pay the ransom
  • Have offline backups of important files
  • Update and install latest security patches on installed 3 party software
  • Keep your virus guard and operating system up to date

 Reference 

Disclaimer

The information provided herein is on "as is" basis, without warranty of any kind.

Source: Sri Lanka CERT

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