US authorities offer $ 10 million for information on DarkSide operators

US authorities offer $ 10 million for information on DarkSide operators

The US government has offered a $ 10 million reward for any information that could lead to the identification or arrest of members of the DarkSide hack group.

It is emphasized that this reward can be obtained for any information about the Darkside chapters occupying key positions in the faction. If the informant provides data that will lead to the arrest of DarkSide partners (in any country) who help hackers to carry out attacks, this information can get you up to $ 5,000,000.

The US authorities said they are offering such a large reward due to an attack on the largest pipeline operator in the US, the fuel transportation company Colonial Pipeline. Let me remind you that we talked about this attack in detail because it was this incident that forced the authorities to introduce an emergency regime in a number of states and became the very straw that can break the back of a camel: the attention of law enforcement agencies to ransomware has increased, and on hacker forums, they hastened to ban the advertising of ransomware …

After the attack on the Colonial Pipeline company, which attracted too close attention of the authorities to the hackers, DarkSide ceased its activities, claiming that it had lost access to some of its accounts and servers. However, experts soon reported that the new BlackMatter ransomware could be considered the “successor” of the  DarkSide malware, and the group clearly simply carried out a “rebranding”.

The aforementioned BlackMatter also shut down last week, citing pressure from local authorities and some recent news. Representatives of the group did not elaborate on what news they were talking about, but the statement came after a series of major arrests in recent weeks.

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