HomesecurityNetwalker ransomware: Continues to attack universities

Netwalker ransomware: Continues to attack universities

Netwalker ransomware

The hackers behind the Netwalker Ransomware claim to have attacked University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and they stole unencrypted data. Then they moved on encryption of its systems.

UCSF is a research university located in San Francisco, California, and specializes in its sciences health. In accordance with News & World Report, UCSF ranks second on the list of best medical schools for research and sixth on the list of best medical schools for primary care.

Since last week, Netwalker Ransomware has targeted US colleges and universities and threatened to publish data who steals.

A few days ago, on May 28, the Netwalker gang announced that it had encrypted its systems. Michigan State University and threatened to post stolen data, in case the victim did not pay the ransom. The university did not pay, and so the ransomware team published the data.

They later claimed to have attacked Columbia College of Chicago and once again threatened to expose the stolen data.

Yesterday, the Netwalker ransomware gang said it had attacked University of California San Francisco.


The hackers posted some screenshots showing some of the stolen archives.

These screenshots include: applications students with social security numbers and envelope lists that appear to contain employee information, medical and financial studies data.

The Netwalker ransomware becomes one of the biggest threats

Originally, Netwalker ransomware was known as Mailto ransomware (October 2019). It was renamed Netwalker in February 2020.

The gang, which is hiding behind this, is trying to show that it is a great threat, constantly announcing various successful attacks (eg attacks on universities and large companies, such as the transport company Toll Group based in Australia).

Netwalker ransomware is usually targeted for exposure Remote Desktop Services and uses it spam techniques to gain access to corporate networks. Subsequently, steals unencrypted archives and finally the victim's systems are encrypted.

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