BianLian attacks Lutheran Church and Preschool

Incident Date:

September 26, 2023

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BianLian attacks Lutheran Church and Preschool


Lutheran Church and Preschool




Oxnard, USA

California, USA

First Reported

September 26, 2023

The BianLian Ransomware Gang's Attack on the Lutheran Church and Preschool

The BianLian ransomware gang has attacked the Lutheran Church and Preschool. The Lutheran Church and Preschool is in Oxnard, California, providing religious and educational services to local residents. It was founded in 1948. BianLian posted the Lutheran Church and Preschool on September 26th, claiming to have stolen 200GB of finance, HR, and personal data.

BianLian's Evolution

BianLian is not a traditional RaaS. They first emerged in June 2022 as a typical RaaS provider with Golang-based ransomware until a decrypter was released. In early 2023, they appear to have abandoned the ransomware payload portion of attacks in favor of less complicated data exfiltration and extortion attacks. This shows how successful the double extortion strategy is for ransomware groups, and we will likely see more groups join the likes of BianLian (and Karakurt before them).

Techniques and Strategies

BianLian leverages open-source tooling and command-line scripts to engage in credential harvesting and data exfiltration. BianLian increased attack volumes as they have moved away from deploying ransomware payloads in favor of pure data extortion attacks, making them one of the more prominent groups in Q1-2023, although still lagging far behind leaders.

It is unclear how much BianLian typically requests for a ransom amount, or if they are keen to negotiate the demand down.

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