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Gang ransomware donates part of ransom to charities

The Darkside ransomware gang has donated $ 10 from the ransom it has collected from its victims to Children International and The Water Project.

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A gang of ransomware has donated one part from the ransom he has collected in charities.

The current recipients of the money are Children International, a non-profit organization for the funding of children living in extreme poverty, and The Water Project, a non-profit organization that aims to provide access in clean water throughout Africa.

Each organization seems to have received 0,88 bitcoin last week.

The sender was a group of ransomware called Darkside. The Darkside group, which has been active since August 2020, is a classic "big game hunter", which means that it follows specific big corporate networks, encrypts the data and demands huge amounts of ransoms in the millions of dollars.

If the victims do not pay, the Darkside team leaks their data to Internet, on a portal available at Dark web.

"As we said in the first press release - we only target big profitable companies," the Darkside team wrote on a dark web portal page published on Monday.

"We believe it is fair that some of the money paid by the victims be donated to charity. aims. "No matter how bad you think our job is, we are pleased to know that we have helped to change someone's life."

This "press release", as the team calls it, comes after a similar one posted online in August, where the team promised not to encrypt files belonging to hospitals, schools, universities, non-profit and governmental sectors.

Of course, we do not know if they kept their promise. Other ransomware gangs have vowed not to attack healthcare at the start of its pandemic. Mesures COVID-19, but in the end they did not keep their word.

In addition, the Darkside group is not the first gang to donate money to charities and non-profit organizations.

In 2016, a hacking team called Phineas Fisher claimed to have hacked one bank and gave the money to the autonomous Syrian province of Rojava.

In 2018, the GandCrab gang released free keys decryption for the victims in war-torn Syria.

The GandCrab gang also added an exception to code telling her that she would not encrypt them archives of victims in this country. Ironically, this exception for the Syrians victims is what helped security researchers connect the team to ransomware REvil when the GandCrab team stopped and tried to start a new business with a new name (REvil or Sodinokibi).

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