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A hacking team donated money stolen from attacks

A hacking team donated some of the money it stole from Companies in charities. This is an unprecedented case that raises questions.


Specifically, the team Darkside claims to have stolen millions from companies and now intends to "make the world a better place".

The team has posted receipts on Dark web showing that he donated $ 10.000 to Bitcoin in two charities. One of them, the Children International, however, said he would not keep the money.

According to the team, it targets large, profitable businesses with ransomware and demands ransom to unlock their systems.

He said: "We believe that it is fair that some of the money paid by the companies will be donated to charity. No matter how bad you think our work is, we are happy to know that we have helped to change someone's life. Today we sent the first donations. "

Children International supports children, families and communities in India, the Philippines, Colombia, Ecuador, Zambia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the United States. A spokesman for the foundation told the BBC: "If the donation is linked to hackers, we have no intention of keeping it."

The other institution, the Water Project, which works to improve access to clean water in sub-Saharan Africa, did not comment on the incident.

Ο Brett Callow, analyst at cyber security company Emsisoft, stated: “What the criminals hope to achieve by making these donations is not at all clear. Maybe it helps alleviate their guilt? Or maybe for selfish reasons they want to be seen as Robin Hood and not unscrupulous blackmailers. "

"Whatever their motives, it is definitely a very unusual step and it is, as far as I know, the first time a ransomware team has donated a portion of its profits to charity."

The Darkside group is relatively new, but it is quite active in the field of digital currency. There is also evidence that he may be linked to other criminal groups responsible for attacks to companies, including Travelex. The criminals used a service based in the USA and called The Giving Block, which is used by 67 different nonprofits around the world, including Save The Children, Rainforest Foundation and She's The First, to make donations.


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