The fast-moving Egregor ransomware added Kmart to its list of retail targets, one day before the same attack group hit the Vancouver metro.

The fast-moving Egregor ransomware has already hit other recognizable companies, most notably Barnes and Noble. Egregor first emerged in September and since then more than 70 companies have been targeted. Security pros expect Egregor to become even more active in December during the holiday shopping season, warning that security teams should get prepared for more attacks.

In the case of KMart, stores have dwindled in number since the company filed for bankruptcy in 2018. Nonetheless, the company’s new parent – Transformco – still operates 34 Kmart stores. Some states have assigned “essential” status to Kmart locations, because the stores run pharmacies and sell groceries, and presumably the data housed in the networks of the one-time retail giant is extensive.

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