“We want to make the world a better place.” Hackers send bitcoins to charities
A group of hackers donates stolen cryptocurrency assets to charity. Despite the fact that the losses from their activities are measured in millions of dollars, they claim that they want to “make the world a better place,” writes the BBC. In a message on the darkweb, hackers posted information about two donations in bitcoin of $ 10,000 each.
They claim that they only attack large, profitable companies with ransomware. The victim cannot access their systems until they pay the ransom. “We believe it is fair to donate some of these companies’ money to charity. It doesn’t matter how badly you feel about our work. We are pleased to know that we have helped change someone’s life, “they write..
“What the attackers are trying to achieve is not clear,” said cybersecurity expert Brett Callow. – Perhaps this is how they want to calm the feeling of guilt or present themselves as Robin Hoods. Regardless of their motives, this is definitely a very unusual move. As far as I know, this is the first time that extortionists have sent part of their proceeds to charity. “.
As noted by the BBC, because of these donations, law enforcement officers may have questions about The Giving Block service, which was used to send bitcoins. The Giving Block describes itself as the only dedicated cryptocurrency donation solution. The company was founded in 2018 as a tool that cryptocurrency millionaires could use to obtain tax benefits..
The Giving Block said they were unaware of the source of the donations. “We are still working to determine if these funds were actually stolen. If it turns out that the donations were made using the stolen funds, of course, we will start working on their return to the rightful owner, ”the company said..