The Vice Society ransomware attacks led to an update to the Windows print spooler code. The port the group used for their attacks became known as “PrintNightmare“, the Windows update aimed to close this port.
This flaw was in the printing system, after failing to execute the Spooler the hackers could access the operating system which granted them the same privileges as a regular user, giving them full access to the system.
The Vice Society ransomware targets flaws in the Windows operating system, and stops at attacking only small to medium sized businesses.
This group, similar to the Hive Leaks group, executes the attack in two phases, the first removing sensitive files for the company for future leakage and then encrypting the data. The group has a website where they disclose the stolen files, such leaks directly affect the company under data security law.
The programming of the Vice Society makes it look for the backups tied to the system, this is done so that there is no possibility of restoring the files without the payment of the ransom. This shows the importance of having constant backup routines, but with offline copies, because even if the ransomware reaches all the company’s data, there will be a safeguard. The best backup format is what we call 3x2x1 (3 copies, 2 online, 1 offline).
This group is new but has already managed to develop highly sophisticated ransomware that is fast in encryption time.
Encrypted data recovery has become our speciality, we are now able to recover ransomware of virtually any length. This is because we have developed a technology we call Tracer, it enables us to recover data on any storage device.
In cases of encryption, we can recover the affected data after an in-depth analysis of the hard drive and reconstruction of the data, without the need for the decryption key.
We have already attended cases in which all the backups of the company were encrypted or altered with the attack, even with this scenario we were able to recover the files and thus re-establish the functioning of the company.
All our processes are in accordance with LGPD (General Law of Data Protection).
Throughout the process the client will be in direct contact with our experts who through constant feedbacks let the client aware of all the processes adopted to recover the data, and after recovery the client can validate that all files were recovered and are all available.
If it is not possible to send the device to our laboratory, we can recover it remotely. Validate this possibility with our specialists.
All our services are confidential, to ensure this, we have signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
Our processes are customised so that we can meet the real needs of each client.