The bluff (perhaps) behind the Darkside hacker server block

The bluff (perhaps) behind the Darkside hacker server block
di Umberto Rapetto

Il bluff (forse) dietro al blocco dei server degli hacker DarkSide

Darkside’s hackers said they lost control of their servers. But it could be a clever ruse. The analysis of Umberto Rapetto, director of Infosecnews

Those who make it wait. Within 24 hours of Biden’s declaration of war on the cyber front, computer hackers – who had blocked Colonial Pipeline systems and caused half of America’s fuel pumps to dry up – were “accidentally” electrocuted.
The criminal group Darkside has reported that they have totally lost control of their servers and no longer find the spoils of the many digital raids that – by embezzling the data of countless computers around the world – had allowed to collect conspicuous ransoms (the “Ransom” labeling the type of malware used).
The bandits have seen the blog mute with which they advertised their wrongdoings, paralyze the telematic infrastructure that constituted the “gunboat” from which they fired harmful instructions, empty the “pockets” Virtual ones where they kept mounds of bitcoins like Scrooge Scrooge Mcduck was struggling with his deposit dollars.
The event, to say the least epochal, is a demonstration of the seriousness of the Executive Order of the US President and above all of the extraordinary reactivity of the cybernetic war machine with stars and stripes.
The bandits have seen the blog mute with which they advertised their wrongdoings, paralyze the telematic infrastructure that constituted the “gunboat” from which they fired harmful instructions, empty the “pockets” Virtual ones where they kept mounds of bitcoins like Scrooge Scrooge Mcduck was struggling with his deposit dollars.
The event, to say the least epochal, is a demonstration of the seriousness of the Executive Order of the US President and above all of the extraordinary reactivity of the cybernetic war machine with stars and stripes.

Are our people coming?

What would have happened (the conditional is mandatory) has the vague flavor of happy ending stories, with the “good ones” who turn the situation upside down, manage to restore order, restore serenity to the people who witnessed a dramatic attack on everyday life that gave way to the community to understand the real weight of technological vulnerabilities.
The evanescence of the “hacker danger” took shape with the blockage of the imposing American pipeline and, when so many petrol stations were left dry, Even the most distracted motorists have had the opportunity to see first-hand the tragedy of certain pitfalls hitherto devoid of connotations within everyone’s reach.
The digital attack on Colonial Pipeline was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Joe Biden said “We do not believe that the Russian government was involved in this attack, but we have strong reasons to believe that the criminals who carried out the attack live in Russia”.
If the diplomatic contrast with Moscow is cleared, there remains anxiety about the fragility of the increasingly “connected” and “network-dependent” world. There is growing fear of an invisible war that could have difficult consequences even to imagine.
Darkside reported that the funds in cryptocurrency (accumulated “laboriously” with a myriad of ransomware attacks) are no longer available, magically volatilized do not know for which “fortuitous” external intervention which led to its transfer to an unknown destination.
Last Thursday, at a press conference, Joe Biden said he was in direct communication with the Kremlin on the imperative for the countries responsible to take decisive action against these ransomware networks. On that occasion the President had prophetically asserted “We are also going to pursue a measure to interrupt their ability to operate”.
What if it’s a trick?
Remembering a vintage politician, to think badly it is a sin, but you could guess….
Darkside’s dismayed announcement could be a clever ruse. The hacker group may have faked the sinking of their pirate vessel to get out of the picture after the Executive Order.
Why? Simple. Throw a bin to their affiliates, avoiding to share the loot accumulated with their associates. The network of criminals who cooperated in the many wrongdoings would be screwed by the alleged disappearance of Darkside’s safe….
ONE FINAL POINT
The suggestive hypothesis of the possible comfortable escape of the bandits should not distract us.
In spite of Ennio Flaiano, the situation is not only serious but also incredibly serious and does not only concern the United States.
Every day in Italy companies, organizations and large organizations are crippled by ransomware that make unusable archives and applications. Although it is not mentioned, the spread is almost endemic and the recent case of the Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Roma is just one example.
To ask “what is being done?” is legitimate. To give an answer, true, would be simply due.