FBI: This ransomware written in the Rust programming language has hit at least 60 targets

The BlackCat ransomware gang, known for being the first to use ransomware written in the Rust programming language, has compromised at least 60 organizations worldwide since March 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says in a new alert. 

BlackCat, which also goes by the name ALPHV, is a relatively new ransomware-as-a-service gang that security researchers believe is related to the more established BlackMatter (aka Darkside) ransomware gang that hit US fuel distributor Colonial Pipeline last May. 

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BlackCat appeared in November 2021 and was created by compromise experts or ‘access brokers’ that have sold access to multiple RaaS groups, including BlackMatter, according to Cisco’s Talos researchers

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As ZDNet reported in February, BlackCat has hit several high-profile companies since December, including Swiss airport management service Swissport and two German oil suppliers

While much of the group’s efforts have been focused on striking several European critical infrastructure firms, Cisco notes in a March report that more than 30% of BlackCat compromises have targeted US firms. 

“As of March 2022, BlackCat/ALPHV ransomware as a service (RaaS) had compromised at least

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