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LockBit apologizes for ransomware attack on hospital, offers decryptor | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

LockBit, a prominent ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation, has apologized for an attack on the Toronto-based Hospital for Sick Children, also known as SickKids, and offered a free decryptor. 

SickKids, a major pediatric teaching hospital, announced on December 19 that it had called a Code Grey system failure, as it was responding to a cybersecurity incident that was affecting several network systems at the hospital.

The incident impacted some internal clinical and corporate systems, as well as hospital phone lines and web pages. On December 29, SickKids said that it had restored 50% of its priority systems, including those causing diagnostic or treatment delays.

On December 31, however, LockBit issued a statement apologizing for the attack and offering a free decryptor for the ransomware used in the operation. “We formally apologize for the attack on and give back the decryptor for free, the partner who attacked this hospital violated our rules, is blocked and is no longer in our affiliate program,” according to the statement, which was first noted by security researcher Dominic Alvieri

The file appears to be a Linux/VMware ESXi decryptor, according to Bleeping Computer. 

The LockBit creators rent out their ransomware to third parties called affiliates, and control the program’s encryptors and data-leak websites. The ransomware is used by affiliates to breach networks, and steal or encrypt data, for a cut of up to 75% of the money paid by victims as ransom.

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