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Analysis Reveals the Emergence of Triple Extortion and a Possible End to the Hacker Holiday

OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX), (TSX: OTEX), today announced the Nastiest Malware of 2022, a ranking of the year's biggest cyber threats. For the fifth year running, OpenText Security Solutions' threat intelligence experts combed through the data, analyzed different behaviors, and determined which malicious payloads are the nastiest. Emotet regained its place at the top, reminding the world that while affiliates may be taken down, the masterminds are resilient. LockBit evolved its tactics into something never seen before: triple extortion. Analysis also revealed an almost 1100% increase in phishing during the first four months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, indicating a possible end to the "hacker holiday," a hacker rest period following the busy holiday season.

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"The key takeaway from this year's findings is that malware remains center stage in the threats posed towards individuals, businesses, and governments," said Muhi Majzoub, EVP and Chief Product Officer, OpenText. "Cybercriminals continue to evolve their tactics, leaving the infosec community in a constant state of catch-up. With the mainstream adoption of ransomware payloads and cryptocurrency facilitating payments, the battle will continue. No person, no business—regardless of size—is immune to these threats."

While this year's list may designate payloads into different categories of malware, it's important to note many of these bad actor groups contract work from others. This allows each group to specialize in their respective payload and perfect it.

2022 Nastiest Malware

  1. Emotet remains the most successful botnet in existence, following a brief shutdown last year. Its job is to send malspam campaigns to billions of emails a day. It creates a foothold on a victim's computer, with follow-up malware that will then move laterally and compromise the rest of the environment before bringing in the final payload of ransomware.
  2. LockBit is this year's most prolific and successful ransomware group. While the group has been around for about three years as a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) group, they continue to advance their tactics. In addition to taking data, holding it for ransom and threatening to leak it, triple extortion adds a third layer: a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on an entire system to completely lock it down.
  3. Conti, a RaaS malware, has been on the Nastiest Malware radar for quite some time. In February, Conti released a statement of support on their leak site for the Russian government. Shortly after a twitter account, Conti leaks , leaked Conti's internal chats dating back almost two years resulted in the dismantling of their leak site and command and control servers. Conti has since rebranded into multiple operations, most notably HelloKitty, BlackCat, and BlackByte.
  4. Qbot (AKA Qakbot), possibly the oldest info-stealing trojan, still receives updates today. It moves throughout the network and infects the entire environment while "casing the joint" to allow access to as much data as possible to exfiltrate for extortion and to prepare for the final stage of ransomware payloads.
  5. Valyria is another strain of a used-to-be banking trojan turned into malspam botnet with email attachments, turned into malicious scripts that starts an infection chain typically resulting in ransomware. The tricky part about Valyria is the complexity of the components and its ability to evade detection.
  6. Cobalt Strike and Brute Ratel are adversarial attack simulation tools. Cobalt Strike is a pen testing tool designed by white hats; Brute Ratel was created for red teams. The purpose of these tools is to help teams simulate attacks to understand the tactics hackers use, determine security gaps, and make the appropriate changes. Not surprising, Cobalt Strike, and now Brute Ratel, are frequently used by the bad guys.

To learn more about the findings of this year's Nastiest Malware analysis, visit Webroot Community .

About OpenText Security Solutions
As attack surfaces expand, OpenText Security Solutions help organizations of every size achieve cyber resilience with Webroot Security, Carbonite Data Management, BrightCloud® Threat Intelligence, and EnCase Digital Forensics and Threat Response. With a united front of best practices paired with layered solutions, we prevent, detect, and restore small, mid-sized and enterprise business operations in the event of a cybersecurity attack.

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OpenText, The Information Company™, enables organizations to gain insight through market-leading information management solutions, powered by OpenText Cloud Editions. For more information about OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTEX) visit opentext.com .

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OpenText Announces Pricing of Notes Offering and Successful Term Loan Syndication as part of Micro Focus Acquisition Financing

OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX), (TSX: OTEX) announced today that Open Text Corporation (the "Company" or "OpenText") has priced an offering (the "Notes Offering") of US$1 billion principal amount of 6.90% senior secured fixed rate notes due 2027 (the "Notes") in connection with its proposed acquisition (the "Acquisition") of Micro Focus International plc ("Micro Focus").

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OpenText further announced that it successfully fully syndicated its first lien term loan facility due 2029 (the "Term Loan") in the amount of US$3.585 billion , which will bear interest at a rate per annum equal to adjusted term SOFR plus 3.50%.

Upon closing of the Notes Offering and an amendment to the Term Loan credit agreement, the bridge loan agreement entered into in connection with the Acquisition will be terminated undrawn, and the entire previously announced US$4.585 billion aggregate debt financing package for the Acquisition will be finalized.

The Notes Offering is expected to close, and the Term Loan credit agreement is expected to be amended, on December 1, 2022 , subject in each case to customary conditions. The net proceeds from the Notes Offering, borrowings under the Term Loan and the Company's existing revolving credit facility, and cash on hand will be used to fund the Acquisition.

As previously announced, shareholders of Micro Focus have approved the terms of the Acquisition. The Acquisition is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2023, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

After giving effect to the Notes Offering and the above noted borrowings, following closing of the Acquisition, the Company's long-term debt would be approximately US$9.3 billion (consisting of approximately 46% fixed and 54% floating rate debt), with a weighted average interest rate of approximately 5.88% and a weighted average maturity of approximately 6 years. As previously announced, OpenText is targeting a net leverage ratio of less than three times within eight quarters following the closing of the Acquisition.

Additional Information

The Notes and the Term Loan will be guaranteed on a senior secured basis by OpenText's existing wholly-owned subsidiaries organized in the United States or Canada that borrow or guarantee OpenText's obligations under its senior credit facilities and, concurrent with or within one business day of the closing of the Acquisition, additionally by Open Text UK Holding Limited. The Notes and related guarantees will be secured on the same basis as the Company's senior credit facilities.

The Notes and related guarantees will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The Notes and the related guarantees are being issued pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes and related guarantees may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act), except to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers in reliance on the exemption from registration provided by Rule 144A under the Securities Act and to certain persons in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes have not been and will not be qualified for sale to the public by prospectus under applicable Canadian securities laws and, accordingly, any offer and sale of the Notes in Canada will be made on a basis which is exempt from the prospectus requirements of such securities laws. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of, any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration, qualification or exemption under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

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This announcement and certain associated documents will be available, subject to certain restrictions, on OpenText's website at https://investors.opentext.com/ by no later than 12 noon ( London time) on the business day following the publication of this announcement. This announcement and certain associated documents available on OpenText's website are only being provided to comply with the requirements under the UK City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. Neither the content any of the websites referred to in this announcement nor the content of any website accessible from hyperlinks in this announcement is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this announcement, including statements regarding completion of and timing for closing of the Notes Offering, completion of and timing for execution of the amendment to the Term Loan credit agreement, including completing certain conditions prior to borrowing under the Term Loan, statements regarding OpenText's targeted net leverage ratio and timing thereof, OpenText's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions relating to the Acquisition, the Acquisition's expected contribution to OpenText's results, financing and closing of the Acquisition, as well as the expected timing and benefits of the Acquisition, impact on future financial performance including in respect of annual recurring revenues, cloud growth, adjusted EBITDA, cash flows and earnings, may contain words considered forward-looking statements or information under applicable securities laws. These statements are based on OpenText's current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the operating environment, economies and markets in which OpenText operates, as well as the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These statements are subject to important assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and the actual outcome may be materially different. OpenText's assumptions, although considered reasonable by OpenText at the date of this announcement, may prove to be inaccurate and consequently its actual results could differ materially from the expectations set out herein. For additional information with respect to risks and other factors, which could occur, see OpenText's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other securities filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other securities regulators. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, OpenText disclaims any intention or obligations to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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The Notes will be guaranteed on a senior secured basis by OpenText's existing wholly-owned subsidiaries organized in the United States or Canada that borrow or guarantee OpenText's obligations under its senior credit facilities. The Notes and related guarantees will be secured on the same basis as the Company's senior credit facilities.

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