Report: BlackMatter Ransomware Gang Goes Dark, Again

The former DarkSide cybercriminal group will shut down due to increased pressure from authorities, who may have nabbed a key team member.

The prolific ransomware group that rose from the ashes of DarkSide appears to be going dark—again. BlackMatter said it will shut down due to increased pressure from authorities, according to a message posted on its website.

VX-Underground, which aggregates a collection of malware source code, samples and assorted resources, posted a screenshot of the Russian-language message, on its Twitter feed. It also posted an English translation.

“Due to certain unsolvable circumstances associated with pressure from the authorities (part of the team is no longer available, after the latest news) – the project is closed,” the message said.

BlackMatter, which operates as a ransomware as a service (RaaS) operation, will still allow its infrastructure to issue mail to companies for further communication as well as permit its affiliates to get a decryptor for its ransomware, according to the message.

“For this write ‘give a decryptor’ inside the company chat, where necessary,” the message read. “We wish you all success, we were glad to work.”

VX-Underground told BleepingComputer that the message was sent to the organization directly

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