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Bleeping Computer: Darkside operators try to pose as modern Robin Hood. They donate $20,000 to Children International and The Water Project
Darkside ransomware operators try to pose as modern Robin Hood. The cybercrime gang donated $20,000 to nonprofits Children International and The Water Project, as Bleeping Computer cybersecurity experts reveal. They explain this move as an effort to make the world a better place and plan to make more donations in the future, but anonymously. Their donations were announced in a press release on the group’s leak site, where they also publish data stolen from victims that did not pay the ransom. “As we said in the first press release – we are targeting only large profitable corporations. We think it’s fair that some of the money they’ve paid will go to charity. No matter how bad you think our work is, we are pleased to know that we helped change someone’s life,” the cyber criminals wrote.
The cybersecurity experts: cybercrime gang move could not sort the effects desired: money comes from ransomware criminal activity, and the organizations won’t keep it
However, the cybercrime gang move could not sort the effects desired. “We are aware of the situation and are researching it internally. If the donation is linked to a hacker, we have no intention of keeping it,” Children International explained Bleeping Computer. It’s difficult, in fact, that charitable organization would keep the money, unless it comes from real anonymous donations. This, because it resulted from criminal activities, as Darkside is. The ransomware emerged on the scene in August this year, targeting corporate networks and asking between $200,000 and $2 million for the file decryption key.