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Matrix-Themed Ransomware Spikes in May

Security researchers with Sophos have uncovered a highly targeted ransomware campaign hitting enterprise networks across North America and Europe. The campaign uses a new type of ransomware called MegaCortex that contains many references to the 1999 science fiction film The Matrix.

Since February, Sophos has detected 76 MegaCortex attacks, but 47 of those occurred in the past week alone. The attackers are spreading the malware via domain controllers (DC). They probably use stolen admin credentials to obtain remote access to DCs. Interestingly, the ransom note does not mention a specific amount, but offers targeted organizations a security ‘consultation’ for strengthening their security posture.

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