RobbinHood: the ransomware that exploits its own reputation


Back in May, the city of Baltimore was brought to a standstill. All of the city hall’s systems were infected with a new ransomware variant called RobbinHood. The cyberattacker demanded a 13 bitcoin ($76,000; €68.9612) ransom to decrypt the systems. This same variant was first seen in an attack on the city of Greenville, North Carolina in April.

RobbinHood uses its infamy

These two incidents made headlines when they were made public, mainly due to the scale and severity of the attacks. Now the attackers behind RobbinHood seem to be using this fact for their own gain. Joakim Kennedy, a cybersecurity researcher, has discovered a new variant of the malware. In this version, the ransom note suggests that the victim Google Baltimore and Greenville to understand how serious their situation is, and to remove all hope of decrypting the affected files for free.

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