Cactus attacks Medi-Market

Incident Date:

November 28, 2023

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Cactus attacks Medi-Market






Evere, Belgium

Belgium, Belgium

First Reported

November 28, 2023

Cactus Ransomware Group Targets Medi-Market

Cactus ransomware group claimed responsibility for an attack against Medi-Market. No further information was made available. Medi-Market is a new chain of pharmacies and parapharmacies in Belgium. Their innovative concept offers customers personalized advice from specialists and a wide range of products in the health care, natural medicine, cosmetics, nutrition and baby care sectors.

Cactus's Modus Operandi

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.

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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