The Nationalist Party has been given a deadline to contact a group that operates on the dark web. If they do not contact them within 10 days, a treasure trove of sensitive information, including “employee salaries, financial data, employee personal details, client data, payment documents and more” will be released on the dark web.
The attack occurred last night and comes as a result of opening Avaddon ransomware, a type of malware often attached to malicious emails.
This type of ransomware targets companies and individuals around the world, threatening to release sensitive information and even take their website down in a coordinated DDoS attack if they do not meet the group’s ransom request.
The ransom amount will be revealed once the PN contacts the hacker group – but the PN has made it clear it has no intention of negotiating with criminals, and have already contacted the Data Commissioner and police.
A magisterial inquiry is already underway, led by Victor Axiaq.
Avaddon is a ransomware malware targeting Windows systems, often spread via malicious spam. The first known attack where Avaddon ransomware was distributed was in February 2020. Avaddon encrypts files using the extension .avdn and uses a TOR payment site for the ransom payment.