BlackCat ransomware has been regarded as one of the most advanced ransomware threats but others have downplayed the risk of the ransomware strain, VentureBeat reports.
Gartner Senior Research Director Jon Amato noted that while BlackCat is a concern, it is not more severe than other ransomware variants."The big difference between BlackCat (also known as ALPHV) and other ransomware toolkits is that its written in Rust, and seems to have better memory protection and reliability. And initial indications are that BlackCat is more likely to successfully deploy and execute on target computers than ransomware toolkits written in C++ or other languages, for example," said Amato.
However, the emergence of BlackCat and other ransomware threats should prompt organizations to diversify their security solutions and do not solely depend on legacy systems, according to Cybereason Director of Security Strategy Ken Westin."In terms of preventative controls, enabling MFA in the organization is a good first step," Westin added.
CNN reports that a potential compromise of the Department of Homeland Security's sensitive physical security details is being looked into by the department's senior officials following a ransomware attack against contractor and major building automation systems manufacturer Johnson Controls International.
Most organizations impacted by ransomware attacks have been noted by the FBI to be experiencing another intrusion involving a different ransomware variant within 48 hours of each other, BleepingComputer reports.