Darkside ransomware operators donate part of their Bitcoins to charity

A group of hackers responsible for operating Darkside ransomware have donated part of their extortionate bitcoins to charity.

A group of hackers responsible for Darkside ransomware donated approximately ten thousand dollars to two non-profit organizations in Bitcoins, according to transaction records made a week ago, reported the ZDNET website.

According to the security website, each organization received 0.88 BTC, which specializes in combating extreme poverty among children, such as Children International, and The Water Project, which focuses on providing potable water to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The money has been the product of successful lawsuits obtained in extortion rescues for victims who have suffered attacks with the computer virus.

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The criminal group published in a page of its dark web portal last Monday the proof of their donations, after an emotional statement referring to their next objectives and the reasons to justify their ‚work‘.

„As we said in the first press release, we are targeting only large, profitable corporations,“ wrote the Darkside Group on the Tor website.

„We believe it is fair that some of the money they have paid should go to charity. No matter how bad you think our work is, we are pleased to know that we are helping to change someone’s life,“ the statement concluded.

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The criminal group’s statement comes after they published a similar one last August, stating their promise not to encrypt files belonging to hospitals, schools, universities, non-profit organizations and the government sector.

However, it is not yet possible to know with certainty whether they have actually kept their promise or not, as the recent past has shown that some such entities do not keep their word, as happened to some hospitals in Spain and other parts of the world at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is worth noting that ransomware attacks encrypt a person’s private files or those sensitive to the operation of public or private organizations, which are released after payment of extortion for their respective rescue.

Some groups have opted to try to ‚help‘ nonprofit organizations, or take sides with a charitable cause by transferring funds from the profits obtained from the ransoms they execute.

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In 2016, for example, a group of hackers under the famous name of Phineas Fisher claimed to have hacked into a bank and donated the money they stole to the autonomous province of Rojava.

In 2018, the GandCrab ransomware gang released free decryption keys for victims in Syria.

Darkside ransomware first appeared in August of this year with attacks targeting a large number of companies demanding large sums of money to recover encrypted files, as pointed out by the security site welivesecurity.

Darkside has a site accessible only through the Tor network on which they publish their communications and the details of the information stolen from their victims.

According to Bleepingcomputer, the amounts demanded by this ransomware from its victims have fluctuated between 200,000 and 2,000,000 dollars, which also claim on their website that they carry out attacks on companies that know in advance that they will be able to pay.

They also claim to have worked in collaboration with other groups to obtain millions of dollars through their campaigns.