The BlackMatter ransomware gang has implemented a Linux encryptor to targets VMware ESXi virtual machine platform. This is the last ransomware in order of time that is able to target VM platforms, some of the other ransomware operations that do the same are REvil, RansomExx/Defray, Mespinoza, HelloKitty, and Babuk.

BlackMatter operators developed the Linux version to expand the list of targets and compromise virtualized environments.

The gang claims to be the successor of Darkside and REvil groups. Like other ransomware operations, BlackMatter also set up its leak sitewhere it will publish data exfiltrated from the victims before encrypting their system.

BlackMatter ransomware was first spotted by researchers at Recorded Future who also reported that the gang is setting up a network of affiliates using ads posted on two cybercrime forums, such as Exploit and XSS.

The group is recruiting crooks with access to the networks of large enterprises, which have revenues of $100 million/year or larger, in an attempt to infect them with its ransomware. The group is looking for corporate networks in the US, the UK, Canada, or Australia.

BlackMatter ransomware operators announced that they will not target healthcare organizations, critical infrastructure, organizations in the defense industry, and non-profit companies.