Updated · Nov 16, 2022
New Redeemer Ransomware Offered for Free on Hacker Forums
Updated · Jul 21, 2022
The actor behind the custom-created malware will receive 20% of the booty accrued by hackers who use it.
An actor is advertising a new version of the Redeemer ransomware builder for free use on hacker forums. The offering will lower the barrier to entry for unskilled and newbie hackers seeking to carry out security breaches.
As per the terms offered, anyone can access the ransomware builder and use it as a base to launch their cyberattacks. The program is written in the C++ language and supports all versions of Windows from Vista right up to the latest 11.
When the malware successfully completes an attack and the victim agrees to pay a ransom for their encrypted files, the author receives a 20% commission.
An actor with the username “Cerebrate” released the original Redeemer ransomware in underground forums in June 2021. Like the newer version, it was coded entirely in C++ and offered free-to-download for users. Eventually, Cerebrate seemed to lose interest in promoting the ransomware and released its source code to the public.
The newly released version 2.0 offers several upgrades, such as GUI tools and additional communication options. There are also tools to track multiple attack campaigns.
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