Very very quiet week this. Not much new ransomware to report and only released of well known variants like Matrix, Unlock92, and Dharma ransomware infections. The biggest news was the shut down of numerous restaurants that are part of the Recipe Unlimited group and the Kraken Cryptor ransomware being distributed by the Fallout Exploit kit.

Contributors and those who provided new ransomware information and stories this week include: @fwosar, @jorntvdw, @malwrhunterteam, @Seifreed, @PolarToffee, @demonslay335, @LawrenceAbrams, @BleepinComputer, @DanielGallagher, @FourOctets, @hexwaxwing, @struppigel, @malwareforme, @JakubKroustek, and @nao_sec.

October 1st 2018

New Matrix Ransomware variant

Michael Gillespie discovered a new variant of the Matrix Ransomware that appends the .EMAN extension and drops a ransom note named #README_EMAN#.rtf.

New Unlock92 variant

Michael Gillespie found a new variant of the Unlock92 Ransomware that appends the .@LOCKED extension and drops a ransom note named .txt.

October 2nd 2018

New Dharma variant

Jakub Kroustek found a new CrySiS/Dharma variant that appends the .btc extension and drops ransom notes named Info.hta and FILES ENCRYPTED.txt.

Dharma BTC Variant

October 3rd 2018

Hackers demand bitcoin ransom in cyberattack on big Canadian restaurants

A Canadian company that owns many popular restaurant chains has been told to pay ransom in bitcoin to retrieve data that hackers claim to have stolen. 

October 4th 2018

Fallout Exploit Kit Now Installing the Kraken Cryptor Ransomware

The Fallout Exploit has been distributing the GandCrab Ransomware for the past few weeks, but has now switched its payload to the Kraken Cryptor Ransomware.

October 5th 2018

New Dharma variant

Jakub Kroustek found a new CrySiS/Dharma variant that appends the .bgtx extension and drops ransom notes named Info.hta and FILES ENCRYPTED.txt.

That's it for this week! Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

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