BlackMatter ransomware gang is reportedly quitting operation

BlackMatter ransomware gang, which is believed to be a rebrand of DarkSide, has decided to end the project, giving in to the pressures of the local law enforcement authorities.

In 2021, we have seen many mainstream ransomware groups go underground and new groups emerging in their place. First, it was the DarkSide ransomware, the disappearance of which Hackread.com reported in May 2021. The group had attacked US Pipelines and was under great government scrutiny.

Then the REvil ransomware gang went underground after targeting numerous US IT firms. Soon after, two new groups Haron and BlackMatter emerged to benefit from the Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) frenzy.

BlackMatter ransomware gang, which is believed to be a rebrand of DarkSide, has decided to end the project, giving in to the pressures of the local law enforcement authorities.

BlackMatter Announces to Shut Down

According to the official shut down statement posted by DarkMatter on November 1st and acquired by a security group called VX-Underground, which usually publishes malware samples, ransomware-related events, source code, and papers online, the group will be offline within 48 hours.

VX-Underground also shared a screenshot of the message on their Twitter account. The original

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