Mallox attacks First International Food co Ltd

Date:

January 25, 2023

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Overview

Title

Mallox attacks First International Food co Ltd

Victim

First International Food co Ltd

Attacker

Mallox

Location

Jubail,

Jubail,

Size of Attack

Unknown/TBD

First Reported

January 25, 2023

Last Updated

October 31, 2022

The Mallox ransomware gang has attacked First International Food. First International Food is an ingredients supplier headquartered in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The Mallox ransomware gang posted First International Food to its data leak site on January 25th but provided no further information. Industry analysts first detected Mallox in June 2021. The group was initially dubbed "TargetCompany" because it appended encrypted files with the target company's name. In an interview conducted in January 2023, the threat actors responsible for Mallox clarified that each major update of the ransomware involved changing the encryption algorithm and decryptor characteristics. These updates were accompanied by modifications to file name extensions, leading to the evolution of the group's names. Earlier variants of Mallox provided a contact site with the extension ".onion" for negotiations and delivered ransom notes titled "How to decrypt files.txt." However, the ransomware stopped using the targeted company's name as file name extensions in later variants. During mid- to late 2022, the group was referred to as Fargo due to the extension added to its encrypted files at that time. Additional extensions employed by the ransomware group included ".mallox" and ".xollam." These later variants were observed utilizing a combination of Chacha20, Curve 25519, and AES-128 algorithms for file encryption. Eventually, the ransomware group established a data leak site called Mallox, and subsequent variants dropped ransom notes labeled "HOW TO RECOVER!!.txt."

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