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Update on Fawry

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UPDATE ON FAWRY

We received a statement from Fawry, a fintech company headquartered in Egypt, through their public relations agency.

Earlier, we reported that the ransomware gang Lockbit 3.0 claimed the responsibility for the attack to Fawry, as stated in their Data Leak Site on Dark Web.

However, Fawry denies the attack with the following statement:

<<Fawry, the leading company in electronic payment solutions and digital financial services in Egypt, confirms the efficiency and security of its electronic defenses across all its platforms and all the services it provides electronically.

There is no validity to any rumors circulating on social media pages claiming that Fawry has been subjected to attacks or information system breaches.

The company immediately conducted an investigation into its servers and live broadcast. Based on the tests conducted by the company, it has been found that the servers serving customers and banks have not been subjected to any breaches.

The company also confirms that no financial or banking data of customers have been leaked. Furthermore, the company asserts that it adheres to the highest standards of cybersecurity in accordance with the requirements of global regulatory authorities.>>

Disclaimer Statement from Fawry

For more information or corrections, we welcome any feedback via email or our social channels.

Hackmanac Team

 

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CORRECTION ON MALASLOCKER ACTIVITIES

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ERRATA CORRIGE: CORRECTION ON MALASLOCKER ACTIVITIES

Following further information provided to us directly by the Italian company BeeVoip, it is necessary to correct a detail from our previous post regarding the activities of the MalasLocker ransomware group.

We had previously identified BeeVoip among the victims of the criminal group, but from the emerged information it appears the victim is instead Anic S.p.A., a company’s former customer.

We thank BeeVoip for the report, which allows us to improve the accuracy of our information service.

We invite anyone who needs to provide us with further information or request corrections to contact us via email or on our social channels.

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MALASLOCKER, THE ROBIN HOOD OF THE RANSOMWARE GANGS

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MALASLOCKER, THE ROBIN HOOD OF THE RANSOMWARE GANGS

There is a new cybercriminal ransomware group in town: as reported by Bleeping Computer, the gang goes under the identifier of MalasLocker and targets small and medium companies worldwide.

The group seems specialized in the hacking of Zimbra servers to steal emails and encrypt files.

So far, everything fairly standard.

What sets this criminal group apart is their ransom demand: the request actually involves a donation to a nonprofit organization of the victim’s choice. 

It appears that the primary interest of this group is charity rather than personal gain.

A highly active group

According to reports, the gang’s criminal operations began at the end of March.

With Hackmanac, we have analyzed MalasLocker’s blog to better understand how many victims have been listed so far.

From our initial analysis we have found  169 victims worldwide that the group put under “Defaulters” category.

MalasLocker global victims list

The most concerning aspect is that the leaked data includes clear-text passwords, not only from Zimbra but also from the LDAP systems.

Italy among the affected countries

Among the victims, we have also found 41 Italian companies (24.26% of the total listed targets):

Banco Azzoaglio

azzoaglio.it

Aster Cucine

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KondorCS

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Azzurra Group

azzurrabagni.com

Studio Negri e Associati

negriassociati.com

HostingPerTe

hostingperte.it

D&G impianti elettrici

degimpiantielettrici.it

Sallemi Carburanti

sallemicarburanti.it

BEI Srl

beisrl.it

Transitus Group

trw-italia.com

Mappy Italia

mappyitalia.com

Balbi Srl

balbi.it

Steelgroup

steelgroup.com

Pasquetti Sarti & Partners

pspartners.it

Studio Eco Perucca

studioecoperucca.it

Studio Rossetti e Partners

studiorossetti.net

Riboli srl

riboli.it

Studio Consulenza

studioconsulenza.com

3Punto6

3punto6.com

FEA srl

feasrl.eu

Grassi srl

grassionline.com

Vegliolux

veglio.com

AVM Software & Technology

avm-it.com

Specialinsert

specialinsert.it

PMP Meccanica

pmpmeccanica.com

ATE Elettronica

atesistemi.it

Onubo s.r.l.

onubo.com

Commerciale Ferramenta

commercialeferramenta.it

Winner Italia

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Villa Grazioli

villa-grazioli.it

NTA srl

ntasrl.com

Confindustria Energia

confindustriaenergia.org

FinRe Consulting

finreconsulting.it

Next Generation Srl

nextgenerationsrl.it

Studio Papa

studiopapa.net

Hotel Smeraldo

smeraldoroma.com

AMET

amet.it

Livitek

livitek.com

Propac S.r.l.

propac.it

Anic S.p.A

amedeonappi.it

Anstel

anstel.it

The Italian victims belong to various sectors:

  • Manufacturing (12)
  • Professional / Scientific / Technical (11)
  • ICT (9)
  • Telco (1)
  • Hospitality (2)
  • Construction (2)
  • Energy (1)
  • Financial (1)
  • Wholesale / Retail (1)
  • Organizations (1)
Affected victims categories in Italy

In Italy, MalasLocker primarily targets the Manufacturing sector, which was already heavily impacted by cyber attacks last year (as highlighted in our Hackmanac Cyber Attacks Global Report 2023): 27% of the group’s attacks are directed at this category.

An additional 27% of attacks target the Professional / Scientific / Technical sector, while 22% affect ICT category.

A cunning threat

Zimbra is a widely used application, with over 220,000 customers in more than 140 countries.

Unfortunately, like all applications, Zimbra is not immune to vulnerabilities: during our analysis of cyber attacks, we classified several incidents resulting from Zimbra vulnerability exploits (9 in 2022 and already 2 in 2023), many of which were critical.

The fact that the primary targets of this group are small and medium enterprises does not improve the overall situation.

Often, SMEs are more exposed to cyber threats as their defense capabilities and dedicated technical personnel for Cyber Security are lower compared to those of large companies.

Therefore, the advice is to keep Zimbra systems up to date and ensure that the configuration is as hardened as possible.

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