Another ransomware now uses DDoS attacks to force victims to pay


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Another ransomware gang is now using DDoS attacks to force a victim to contact them and negotiate a ransom.

In October 2020, we reported that ransomware gangs were beginning to utilize DDoS attacks against a victims' network or web site as an extra tool to force them to pay a ransom. At the time, the two operations using this new tactic were SunCrypt and RagnarLocker.

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is when a threat actor floods a website or a network connection with more requests than it can handle, making the service inaccessible.

When a company suffers a ransomware attack, many victims restore from backups and do not bother contacting the attackers.

The Avaddon ransomware gang now uses DDoS attacks to take down a victim's site or network until the victim contacts them and begins negotiating.
"Also, their site is currently under DDoS Attack, we will attack it until they contact us," Avaddon stated on their ransomware data leak site. [...]

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