LockBit ransomware gang gets aggressive with triple-extortion tactic

LockBit ransomware gang announced that it is improving defenses against distributed denial-of-service attacks and working to take the operation to triple extortion level.

The gang has recently suffered a DDoS attack, allegedly on behalf of digital security giant Entrust, that prevented access to data published on its corporate leaks site.

Data from Entrust was stolen by LockBit ransomware in an attack on June 18, according to a BleepingComputer source.

LockBit getting into DDoS. Earlier this week, LockBitSupp, the public-facing figure of the LockBit ransomware operation, announced that the group is back in business with a larger infrastructure to give access to leaks unfazed by DDoS attacks.

The DDoS attack last weekend that put a temporary stop to leaking Entrust data was seen as an opportunity to explore the triple extortion tactic to apply more pressure on victims to pay a ransom.

LockBitSupp said that the ransomware operator is now looking to add DDoS as an extortion tactic on top of encrypting data and leaking it.

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