Black Hunt’s Sophisticated Ransomware Unveiled by Tech Experts

February 6, 2024
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The Black Hunt ransomware has recently become a significant threat to the cybersecurity landscape. This malicious software has already wreaked havoc on around 300 companies in Paraguay, causing significant damage and disruption to their operations.

In the year 2022, security researchers have identified a new form of ransomware known as Black Hunt. This malicious software is specifically designed to target and compromise different types of operating systems, putting the data and privacy of countless users at risk.

The notorious Black Hunt ransomware is known for using advanced file encryption techniques to restrict access to the victim’s data. This malicious software also goes a step further and alters the filenames of the affected files, making it difficult for the victim to identify and recover their data.

This malicious software is suspected to have been developed using leaked code from the LockBit ransomware and has several similarities to the infamous REvil ransomware. Black Hunt encrypts files on the infected system and demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key. The emergence of this new ransomware variant highlights the ongoing threat posed by cybercriminals and emphasizes the need for robust cybersecurity practices to protect against such attacks.

The operation known as Black Hunt appears to have a predetermined list of countries that it targets, and it also seems to have a whitelist of languages that it can use for execution. The process involves the creation of entries in the computer’s registry to ensure that the malware remains active even after rebooting the system. Additionally, the malware modifies the Windows settings to disable crucial security features, leaving the system vulnerable to further attacks. The ransomware uses the file extension “.Hunt2” to encrypt files and also deletes shadow copies.

The malicious software strives to propagate itself to other computers on the network by exploiting vulnerabilities in shared folders and files. In addition, it utilizes a range of techniques to avoid detection by security measures.

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