Medusa attacks Windak

Incident Date:

October 2, 2023

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Medusa attacks Windak






Peetri, Estonia

Harju, Estonia

First Reported

October 2, 2023

The Medusa Ransomware Gang's Attack on Windak

The Medusa ransomware gang has attacked Windak. Windak is a company that specializes in the design, manufacture, and supply of cable and material handling equipment for various industries. They are known for their solutions related to the packaging and handling of cables, wires, and flexible materials. Medusa posted Windak to its data leak site on October 2nd but provided no further details.

Introduction to Medusa RaaS

Medusa is a RaaS (Ransomware-as-a-Service) that made its debut in the summer of 2021 and has evolved to be one of the more active RaaS platforms in late 2022. The attackers restart infected machines in safe mode to avoid detection by security software as well preventing recovery by deleting local backups, disabling startup recovery options, and deleting shadow copies.

Recent Activities and Tactics

Medusa ramped up attacks in the latter part of 2022 and have been one of the more active groups in the first quarter of 2023. Medusa typically demands ransoms in the millions of dollars which can vary depending on the target organization’s ability to pay. The Medusa RaaS platform (not to be confused with the operators of the earlier MedusaLocker ransomware) ransomware typically compromise victim networks through malicious email attachments (macros), torrent websites, or through malicious ad libraries. Medusa can terminate over 280 Windows services and processes without command line arguments, and there may be a Linux version as well, but it is unclear at this time.

Target Industries and Extortion Schemes

Medusa targets multiple industry verticals, especially healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, and organizations in the public sector. Medusa also employs a double extortion scheme where some data is exfiltrated prior to encryption, and they are not as generous with their affiliate attackers, only offering as much as 60% of the ransom if paid.

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