Twitter users are reporting that the largest bank in Venezuela, Banco de Venezuela, has fallen victim to a ransomware attack. Cybersecurity portals monitoring these attacks have confirmed the information.
While the bank has not yet confirmed nor denied the reports, several specialized computer security portals have confirmed that a publication on the darknet about the bank domain bancodevenezuela.com exists.
What is LockBit Ransomware?
The LockBit ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to encrypt a victim’s files or data, making them inaccessible. The attackers behind the LockBit ransomware then demand a ransom, usually in the form of cryptocurrency, from the victim to decrypt and regain access to their files. It often spreads through phishing emails or using brute-force attacks on weak passwords.
According to Twitter users, the ransomware attack appears to have not seized the bank’s platform equipment, as electronic services seem to be functioning normally. However, there is a possibility that the attackers may have taken hostage all the information they managed to collect and are demanding a ransom for it.
The seized information could include both internal bank operations and customer data. The hacking announcement states, “All available information will be published.” Aside from the evidence in the published photos, no further details about the obtained information were provided.
LockBit’s portal states that the hacking information was uploaded to their portal at 6:27 AM Caracas time on April 19. The publication states that the bank has until May 10 at 2:27 AM Caracas time to pay the ransom. The ransom amount was not disclosed, but it is known that LockBit only accepts payments in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Monero, or Zcash.
If a leak occurs, all the information will be available to anyone interested in the dark web. This could lead to numerous bank users falling victim to various types of cyberattacks, including phishing, unauthorized account access, and potential extortion, depending on the sensitivity of the leaked information.
It is important to note that Banco de Venezuela is the largest bank in the country, managing over 21.7 million bank accounts of various types across the country. This vast number of accounts holds an enormous and valuable amount of information.
As of now, Banco de Venezuela’s information is secure until May 10, and the bank and its users’ data will remain protected. However, the potential implications of the hack are grave, and the bank needs to take swift and immediate action to prevent any data leak.
In conclusion, the ransomware attack on Banco de Venezuela is a cause for concern, as it holds an enormous amount of sensitive data. It is imperative that the bank take the necessary steps to prevent any potential data leak that could lead to numerous bank users falling victim to cyberattacks.