Sarbloh: Protesting farmers in India find new support in hackers and ransomware

The new offensive techniques will infect the user’s device by encrypting their files without demanding any ransom
Sarbloh: Protesting farmers in India find new support in hackers and ransomware
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According to various reports, cybercriminals have introduced a new ransomware attack, interestingly aimed at supporting the protesting farmers in India. This unique way to support farmers conveys a message that no data will be recovered until the demands of agitating farmers are fulfilled. Reportedly, the hacker group titled Khalsa Cyber Fauj heads this new form of data attack in the country. The operation targets entities connected with farmers’ protests in India.

According to sources, Quick Heal Security Labs, the threat research division of global cybersecurity from Quick Heal Technologies said that it has discovered the ransomware named ‘Sarbloh’, which is being shared hidden inside malicious word documents via emails. The emails will contain political messages supporting the farmers’ community.

Speaking to a media agency, Himanshu Dubey, Director of Quick Heal Security Labs said, “The Sarbloh ransomware that is likely working in favour of farmers’ community without any monetary gains is a testimony to their growing attack abilities.” The new offensive techniques will infect the user’s device by encrypting their files without demanding any ransom. Further, the company added that the hackers would be using military-grade encryption on system files to render them useless.

Since November 26, 2020, the farmers have been agitating at the Delhi borders demanding the repeal of three farm bills introduced by the Parliament last September.

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