The ransomware actor–threat hunter relationship just got extremely personal.
The BlackCat gang decided to add the professional reputations of the Western Digital cyber-incident response team to the hit list when it hacked into its early morning videoconference convened to discuss the recent ransomware attack against the company. The ransomware group then posted a screen capture of the meeting online.
The response team meeting image, with faces blurred, was shared by cyber researcher Dominic Alvieri on Twitter. Alvieri called the meeting leak a "black eye for Western Digital," in his tweet.
Along with the image of the team meeting, BlackCat added a caption sarcastically referring to the team as "the finest threat hunters Western Digital has to offer."
Western Digital, a digital storage device manufacturer, reported that its systems were compromised on March 26. According to reports, the company was negotiating an eight-figure ransomware payment.