Kill Ransomware: A New Entrant Strikes, Breaching Kerala Police and Beyond


Posted on: 22 Mar 2024 | Author: Foresiet
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In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity threats, new players emerge with alarming frequency, and the latest to make waves is "Kill Ransomware." With a formation date in 2023, this group wasted no time in announcing its presence on the dark web, enticing skilled hackers to join its ranks. Leveraging sophisticated tactics, Kill Ransomware has swiftly executed four notable breaches, sending shockwaves through the digital realm.

On March 22, 2024, the group made headlines once again by compromising the official website of Kerala Police, keralapolice.gov.in. Their message was clear and concise: pay a ransom of €2500 (negotiable) to regain access to the encrypted data. The compromised data included crucial information such as LockedHouse, AppointmentManagement, and OffenseReportingManagement systems, leaving the Kerala Police grappling with the aftermath of the breach.

Samples of keralapolice.gov

KillSec operates with a level of sophistication that belies its short tenure. Utilizing a TOR domain and a nginx server, they ensure anonymity and efficiency in their operations. Furthermore, their demand for payment in XMR (Monero), a privacy-focused cryptocurrency, adds another layer of complexity to the task of tracking and apprehending the perpetrators.

Artifacts related to killsec group

  • The group operates through a TOR domain: kill432ltnkqvaqntbalnsgojqqs2wz4lhnamrqjg66tq6fuvcztilyd.onion, which is hosted on a nginx server.
  • Additionally, They have specified an XMR wallet address for payment: 45wZrZ8hBE4aWvjVQFiVhaF2bA4FCVczmgrHcwbbJqVnaGtW317K7j95e6sBBbc6n29vHWSodvUeK7Tupr7sZwFVBaGB5sj
  • Furthermore, they have provided a TOX ID: 9453686EAB63923D1C35C92DDE5E61A6534DD067B5448C1C8D996A460B92CA5055C1AB0FCD22
  • And a session ID: 05cb94c52170c8119f7ebc2d8afc94b9746bc7c361d91c49e7d18e96e266582a07.

Cybercriminals Group’s Public Announcements

The group's brazenness is evident in their public announcements and communications. They took to Telegram on October 25, 2023, to advertise their ransomware operations, signaling their intent to disrupt and profit from their illicit activities. Subsequent attacks on organizations like the Romanian Police and Paschim Bengal Gramin Bank underscore their audacity and capability.

However, the cybersecurity community remains vigilant in the face of such threats. While KillSec may have claimed victories, their actions have not gone unnoticed. Efforts to mitigate the impact of their attacks and apprehend those responsible are ongoing, with law enforcement agencies and cybersecurity experts collaborating to stem the tide of ransomware attacks.

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In conclusion, the emergence of groups like KillSec highlights the evolving nature of cyber threats and the need for constant vigilance in safeguarding against them. By staying informed, implementing robust security measures, and fostering a culture of cybersecurity awareness, organizations can effectively mitigate the risks posed by ransomware and other malicious actors in the digital realm.

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