A group of extortionists claiming to be the Russian APT group Fancy Bear launched a ransom denial of service (RDoS) campaign against numerous industry sectors earlier this month, demanding a payment of 2 Bitcoin to stop bombarding victims with amplified traffic.

In all likelihood, the attackers are not truly members of a Russian intelligence agency's elite hacking unit, but rather are using the Fancy Bear moniker to instill fear. Still, they do have genuine DDoS capabilities, according to a pair of reports on the campaign, from Radware and Link11.

"The group carrying out the recent wave of RDoS attacks under the name Fancy Bear are currently launching large scale, multi-vector demo DDoS attacks when sending victims the ransom note," warns an alert from Radware's Emergency Response Team (ERT).

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