Satan Ransomware Adds More Evil Tricks

Satan Ransomware Adds More Evil Tricks
The latest changes to the Satan ransomware framework demonstrate attackers are changing their operations while targeting victims more carefully.

The operators and developers behind a 2-year-old ransomware framework, dubbed Satan, continue to expand the codebase, adding exploits for the Spring Web application framework, the ElasticSearch search engine, and ThinkPHP Web application framework popular in China, according to research from Fortinet. 


The refinements demonstrate a trend in ransomware: The malware is becoming more sophisticated and operations against victims more targeted, according to the company. In its quarterly threat report, Fortinet points to multiple debilitating attacks on manufacturers, chemical companies, and engineering firms, stating that attackers are moving from "indiscriminate ransomware attacks to more targeted and potentially more lucrative campaigns."


"We are seeing more methodical techniques," says Anthony G ..