- Aug 17, 2017
Romanian cybersecurity company Bitdefender has released a free decryptor for a new ransomware strain known as MortalKombat. MortalKombat is a new ransomware strain that emerged in January 2023. It's based on commodity ransomware dubbed Xorist and has been observed in attacks targeting entities in the U.S., the Philippines, the U.K., and Turkey. Xorist, detected since 2010, is distributed as a ransomware builder, allowing cyber threat actors to create and customize their own version of the malware. This includes the ransom note, the file name of the ransom note, the list of file extensions targeted, the wallpaper to be used, and the extension to be used on encrypted files. MortalKombat notably was deployed in recent attacks mounted by an unnamed financially motivated threat actor as a part of a phishing campaign aimed at a wide range of organizations. "MortalKombat encrypts various files on the victim machine's filesystem, such as system, application, database, backup, and virtual machine files, as well as files on the remote locations mapped as logical drives in the victim's machine," Cisco Talos disclosed earlier this month.
Bitdefender has released a free decryptor for MortalKombat, a new ransomware strain based on the Xorist malware that emerged in January 2023.