Cactus attacks La Jolla Group

Incident Date:

December 19, 2023

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Cactus attacks La Jolla Group


La Jolla Group




Irvine, USA

California, USA

First Reported

December 19, 2023

Cactus Ransomware Group's Attack on La Jolla Group

Cactus ransomware group claimed an attack against La Jolla Group. The group obtained 283GB of corporate documents, including passports, employees’ detail, and other confidential documents. La Jolla Group is an industry leading apparel and accessories company that specializes in building brands that inspire consumers.

Cactus's Operation Tactics

Cactus has been in operation since at least March 2023. Cactus has been observed employing known vulnerabilities within VPN appliances to initiate an initial breach. Once gaining entry to the network, Cactus operators engage in activities such as enumerating local and network user accounts and identifying accessible endpoints. They then proceed to generate new user accounts and utilize custom scripts for the automated rollout and activation of the ransomware encryptor through scheduled tasks.

Unique Characteristics of the Ransomware

It is noteworthy that the ransomware encryptor utilized by Cactus exhibits a unique characteristic – it necessitates a decryption key for the execution of the binary, likely implemented to evade detection by anti-virus software. This decryption key is concealed within a file containing random text named ntuser.dat, which is loaded through a scheduled task.

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