New RobbinHood Ransomware Taps a “Legitimate”, Signed Driver to Switch Off Security Tools

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A ransomware strain dubbed “RobbinHood” is using a vulnerability in a “legitimate” and signed hardware driver to delete security products from targeted computers before encrypting users files, according to security researchers at Sophos.

The ransomware exploits a known vulnerability in the driver from Taiwan’s GIGABYTE to subvert a setting in kernel memory in Windows 10, 8 and 7, meaning it “brings its own vulnerability” and can attack otherwise patched systems.

(The vulnerability, found and published with proof-of-concept code by SecureAuth’s Diego Juarez in 2018, was disclaimed by the company, which told Juarez  “its products are not

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