The NoEscape ransomware gang has attacked Beijer Ref. Beijer Ref AB is a global company based in Sweden that specializes in the distribution and trading of refrigeration and air conditioning products. The company was founded in 1866 and has since become a significant player in the HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) industry. Beijer Ref operates as a wholesale distributor, supplying a wide range of products related to refrigeration and air conditioning systems. This includes components such as compressors, condensers, evaporators, controls, and other essential parts used in various cooling and climate control applications. NoEscape posted the Spanish arm of Beijer Ref on July 27th, claiming to have stolen 5GB of contracts, passports and ID cards, certificates, and more. Researchers have identified a new Ransomware-as-a-service operation known as NoEscape. The ransomware builder interface allows affiliates to customize various settings when creating the ransomware executables. However, the primary function of NoEscape is to encrypt files. Victims of NoEscape receive a note informing them that their network has been breached and infected by a group called NoEscape. The message reveals that their company documents, databases, and other crucial files have been encrypted. The perpetrators have also obtained the victims' confidential documents, personal data, and sensitive information. To regain access to their files, the victims are instructed to make a payment in exchange for a special recovery tool. Non-compliance with this demand will result in the victims' files remaining encrypted indefinitely and the stolen information being offered for sale on the darknet. To facilitate the payment process, the victims are advised to download and install the TOR browser and access a specific link provided in the note. They must then enter their ID and follow the accompanying instructions. The directive explicitly warns the victims against making any modifications or attempting file recovery on their own, emphasizing that only the perpetrators possess the ability to restore the encrypted files.
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