Lockbit’s bounty: consequences matter

Apparantly sometimes you only grasp it when it really is in your face, even though you are continuously surrounded by it. The following tweet, made me realize that real consequences to vulnerabilities matter a lot! Oh and this blog is mostly some ponderings and opinions, for the people wondering if they should read it or not :)

Announcement that the first bounty was paid by a ransomware group (Lockbit) for a bug in their encryption implementation

What this tweet made me realize is that for Lockbit the consequence of the bug is directly tied to their income. No indirect damages, no additional bugs, no excuses. If the bug isn’t fixed people don’t need to pay them. How many type of companies and bugs do we know that have the same 1-to-1 relation between the bug and the direct consequence to survival?

This made me wonder if we are approaching the rating & fixing of vulnerabilities within regular companies in a less than optimal manner? Would be interesting if we could learn something from groups that operate on continuous innovation and the severe threat of real life consequences like jail time or worse. In this blog I’ll talk about:

  • Analysing the Lockbit bug bounty
  • Applying the lessons learned to regular companies

TL;DR Bloodhound showed us that graphs are powerful for the analysis and elimination towards domain admin privileges. The same concept should be applied to vulnerablities company wide. Regular companies don’t have the same severe consequences that ransomware groups have, should they?

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