In recent months, the cybersecurity landscape has seen the rise of a potent ransomware variant known as Akira. FortiGuard Labs has been meticulously documenting the developments of this and other ransomware threats, releasing insightful reports.
Akira emerged in April 2023 and has versions designed for both Windows and Linux platforms. Its modus operandi is standard yet sinister. After infiltrating a network and pilfering data, Akira then encrypts victims’ files. Adding salt to the wound, the culprits deploy a double-extortion strategy; they not only demand ransoms for decryption but also threaten to make stolen data public.