Sylphs in the Cloud

A Sylph (also known as Sylphid) is an air spirit. They are formed of air, they live in the air, and they have unusual power over the air, particularly the wind and the clouds. Usually, Sylphs are portrayed as guardians who protect secret knowledge, beautiful women, or the environment, but it's not out of the question for a Sylph to cause mischief among men.

CyberPoint is no stranger to malware and malware analysis. Our work has us detecting malware, analyzing malware, and occasionally writing malware. Part of the allure of ransomware originally was low barrier of entry – an author can simply call native system APIs to encrypt the files rather than using any real trickery. But with the comparatively recent attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and other industrial systems, ransomware has clearly established itself as a serious threat, not just a quick cash grab for amateurs. Once the victims started paying, and there was real money to be made, organized crime came in with Ransomware-As-A-Service platforms like Darkside and REvil. These services offer support, sophisticated user interfaces, and other standard features, further removing any technical barriers to cybercrime.

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