Qilin attacks Kinematica Science & Development

Incident Date:

February 24, 2024

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Qilin attacks Kinematica Science & Development


Kinematica Science & Development




Malters, Switzerland

, Switzerland

First Reported

February 24, 2024

Qilin Ransomware Targets Kinematica AG

Qilin ransomware posted a public notice about its latest victims, one of which is Kinematica AG. Despite publishing the announcement, Qilin didn’t detail anything else related to the attack, or post any information regarding how much data they’ve stolen, the deadline for negotiations, or anything else of interest.

Kinematica Science & Development opened its doors 2020. It focuses on research and development to realize innovative projects in the field of homogenization.

The Emergence of Qilin Ransomware

Qilin (aka Agenda) is a RaaS (Ransomware-as-a-Service) operation that first emerged in July of 2022 that is written in the Go and Rust programming languages and is capable of targeting Windows and Linux systems. Rust is a secure, cross-platform programming language that offers exceptional performance for concurrent processing, making it easier to evade security controls and develop variants to target multiple OSs.

Qilin operators are known to exploit vulnerable applications including Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Each Qilin ransomware attack employs tactics such as altering the filename extensions of encrypted files and terminating specific processes and services. The utilization of Rust as the ransomware's foundation proves particularly effective due to its evasive nature and inherent complexity, allowing for seamless customization across various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and others.

Notably, the Qilin ransomware group can generate samples for both Windows and ESXi versions.

Qilin's Dark Web Presence and Double Extortion Technique

Qilin promotes its ransomware on the dark web, utilizing a proprietary DLS (Dedicated Leak Site) that contains distinctive company identifiers and leaked account information, as uncovered by experts from Group-IB Threat Intelligence.

The operators behind Qilin employ a double extortion technique, whereby they not only encrypt a victim's sensitive data but also exfiltrate it. Subsequently, they demand payment for a decryptor and insist on the non-disclosure of stolen data even after the ransom has been paid.

Qilin ransomware features multiple encryption modes, all under the control of the operator.

Recent Ransomware Attacks

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