Ransomware Gang DarkSide Claims to Have Its Crypto and Servers Seized
Prolific ransomware gang DarkSide has allegedly had its crypto and servers confiscated by authorities, according to a report by Bleeping Computer.
The media outlet cites a forum post posted by “UNKN,” a bad actor who claims to represent a rivaling hacking operation.
“UNKN” writes that his own gang now has to impose significant restrictions, avoiding healthcare, educational, and government institutions, while sharing the message from DarkSide about losing access to its blog, Tor payment server, and DOS servers.
Russia-linked DarkSide captured mainstream headlines after orchestrating a crippling ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, causing a shortage in gasoline supply. As reported by U.Today, the company paid a $5 million ransom
On Wednesday, the bad actors took credit for attacking three more companies.
The Colonial Pipeline hack became a geopolitical issue. President Joe Biden claimed that he was in “direct communion” with Russia during a recent press conference but denied that the Russian government was involved.
There is speculation that DarkSide has had a run-in with local law enforcement. However, according to another theory, the gang could have simply pulled off an exit scam.