Conti Ransomware Expands Ability to Blow Up Backups

The Conti ransomware gang has developed novel tactics to demolish backups, especially the Veeam recovery software.

Good at identifying and obliterating backups? Speak Russian? The notorious Conti ransomware group may find you a fine hiring prospect.

That’s according to a report published on Wednesday by cyber-risk prevention firm Advanced Intelligence, which details how Conti has honed its backup destruction to a fine art – all the better to find, crush and kill backed-up data. After all, backups are a major obstacle to encouraging ransomware payment.

A Conti Primer

Palo Alto Networks has described the gang as a standout, and not in a good way: “It’s one of the most ruthless of the dozens of ransomware gangs that we follow,” the firm said. As of June, Conti had spent more than a year attacking organizations where IT outages can threaten lives: Hospitals, emergency number dispatch carriers, emergency medical services and law-enforcement agencies.

An example: In May, Ireland’s department of health services was still reeling a week after a Conti ransomware attack that wasn’t even all that successful. Officials said at the time that the attack would cost tens of millions of Euros to

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