Vice Society Ransomware Group Targets Manufacturing Companies


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The Vice Society ransomware group made headlines in late 2022 and early 2023 during a spate of attacks against several targets, such as the one that affected the rapid transit system in San Francisco. Vice Society, which was initially reported to be exploiting the PrintNightmare vulnerability in their routines, have previously deployed ransomware variants such as Hello Kitty/Five Hands and Zeppelin (the group’s email has been in their ransom notes). However, through Trend Micro’s telemetry data, we have evidence that the group is also targeting the manufacturing sector, which means that they have capability and desire to penetrate different industries — most likely accomplished via the purchasing of compromised credentials from underground channels.

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