A veteran ransomware threat researcher has warned not to take the talk of the disappearance of the Windows REvil ransomware group seriously a second time as the forums where these posts are closely monitored are closely monitored.
Brett Callow, who works with New Zealand security company Emsisoft, said iTWire: “Everyone knows that the forums are being monitored, and that includes the criminals. The information they publish is likely complete bullshit designed to mislead anyone trying to figure out what they’re up to. Law enforcement, for example. “
The website Beeping computerwhat is something of a special operation in relation to ransomware, called the shutdown came after someone hijacked the Tor payment leak portal and the group’s data leak blog on the dark web.
Reporter Lawrence Abrams said a person named Dmitry Smilyanets works for and also for the threat intelligence company Recorded Future. writes The recording, a website of the company, had found a thread claiming to be the cause of REvil’s disappearance. The CIA’s investment arm, In-Q-Tel, is an investor in Recorded Future.
In a report in The recording the reporter herself quoted Catalin Cimpanu Smilyanets without giving any indication of the relationship between Recorded Future and The Record.
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– Kevin Beaumont (@GossiTheDog) October 18, 2021
REvil went offline for the first time in July after the ransomware got used to it attack approximately 60 managed service providers using a zero day bug in the Kaseya VSA remote management software. Kaseya is a solution developer for MSPs.
About two months later, REvil came back on-line. There has been speculation that REvil’s dark web operations disappeared in July due to a technical issue. When the site was back online, it was assumed that the operators were just on guard.
The pressure on ransomware gangs increased afterwards a hit on the US Colonial Pipeline in May by the DarkSide ransomware gang.
That was further exacerbated after the Kaseya incident when US President Joe Biden raised the issue during talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
The US recently convened an online meeting of about 31 countries Discuss steps to prevent ransomware attacks, but for unknown reasons neither Russia nor China were invited.
Many ransomware gangs are based in Russia but appear to operate freely provided they do not attack websites within the country.
Callow said he had no idea what happened to take the REvil site back offline. “They could have been knocked out in a law enforcement attempt, or Team REvil could go on a disappearance attempt to defraud their criminal partners, or it could be something else entirely,” he said.
“What I do know, however, is that comments on forums from people posing as members of cyber crime operations should be viewed with the utmost skepticism.”
REvil has been one of the most prolific groups of ransomware since this genre of malware became the main network security problem in businesses using Windows.
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