3:15pm, 01 Nov 2019

TLP Rating: White

Financial sector targeted in blackmail campaign

We have received reports of extortion emails targeting companies within the financial sector in New Zealand.

The emails claim to be from a Russian group called ‘Fancy Bear / Cozy Bear’ and demand a ransom to avoid denial-of-service attacks. They carry out a short denial-of-service attack against a company’s IP address to demonstrate their intent. So far, a larger denial-of-service hasn’t happened if the ransom is not paid.