Ransomware attackers donate stolen money to charity


Level 16
May 4, 2019
A criminal hacking group that extorted millions of dollars in a series of cyber attacks is now donating money to charity.
The DarkSide crooks said they wanted to “make the world a better place”, after posting receipts for $10,000 in Bitcoin donations to The Water Project and Children International.
The move has dumbfounded the cyber security community, with the BBC describing it as a “strange and troubling development, both morally and legally”.
DarkSide wrote: “We think that it’s fair that some of the money the companies have paid will go to charity.
“No matter how bad you think our work is, we are pleased to know that we helped changed [sic] someone’s life. Today we sended [sic] the first donations.”
The group posted a screenshot confirming the donation, along with tax receipts they received.