NSA, DHS shine light on BlackMatter ransomware threat to food industry, demands of up to $15 million

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Oct 18, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

A government advisory published Monday warned that BlackMatter ransomware attackers are going after U.S. critical infrastructure, including food and agriculture organizations, and demanding exorbitant payouts.

It’s the latest joint alert from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the FBI and the National Security Agency, this time about a form of ransomware that first emerged in July. It comes just days after a similar alert about ransomware threats to water and wastewater facilities. It’s also part of a recent push by federal security agencies to put a focus on the food and agriculture sector.

“This advisory highlights the evolving and persistent nature of criminal cyber actors and the need for a collective public and private approach to reduce the impact and prevalence of ransomware attacks,” said Eric Goldstein, executive assistant director for cybersecurity at CISA.

BlackMatter seeks between $80,000 and $15 million in cryptocurrency, including bitcoin and Monero, to unlock its victims’ systems, the government agencies said. BlackMatter ransomware developers operate on a ransomware-as-a-service model, where they lease some illicit responsibilities and share in the profits with other scammers who use their malware.

The report doesn’t name the

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