Knight attacks Hacketts Printing Service

Date:

September 14, 2023

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Overview

Title

Knight attacks Hacketts Printing Service

Victim

Hacketts printing services

Attacker

Knight

Location

Hull, United Kingdom

Hull, East Yorkshire

Size of Attack

Unknown/TBD

First Reported

September 14, 2023

Last Updated

October 31, 2022

The Knight ransomware gang has attacked Hacketts Printing Service. Hacketts Printing Service is an Irish printing company founded in 1955. The organization initially served the architecture industry, but now serves a variety of sectors. Knight posted Hacketts Printing Service to its data leak site on September 14th but provided no further details. Knight ransomware first came to attention in July when the group overhauled the interface and code of the Cyclops ransomware. As part of their operation, they continue to recruit affiliates through the RAMP hacking forum to enhance their ability to steal data from both Windows and Linux systems. In addition to their regular encryptors, the Knight ransomware operation offers a 'lite' version suitable for spam, spray-and-pray, and batch distribution campaigns.The Knight ransomware gang employs an HTML attachment labeled 'TripAdvisor-Complaint-[random].PDF.htm,' which redirects users to a deceptive web browser interface impersonating TripAdvisor. Within this simulated browser window, users are prompted to review a restaurant complaint, but it is, in fact, a ruse. When users click on the 'Read Complaint' button, an Excel file titled 'TripAdvisor_Complaint-Possible-Suspension.xll' is downloaded onto their system. This download subsequently triggers the activation of ransomware. The Knight Lite ransomware encryptor, injected into a new explorer.exe process, is utilized to encrypt files on targeted computers. Following encryption, the encrypted files' names are appended with the '.knight_1' extension, where '1' indicates the lite version. Subsequently, the ransomware generates a ransom note in each folder on the compromised computer, demanding a payment of $5,000 to be sent to a provided Bitcoin address.

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