Hackers Request an Payment of 100 BTC for Ransomware Decryption Keys

The alleged organizers of the NotPetya ransomware requested a payment of 100BTC ($250,000) for the ransomware decryption keys. NotPetya ransomware is mopped through the Ukraine, locking the systems of governments, financial institutes, and businesses. Earlier,  Motherboard stated that cyber security researchers detected movement around the Bitcoin Wallet used for saving the ransom payments during the Notpetya attack on June 28. NotPetya ransomware is a variation of Petya ransomware which is used to encrypt the victim files.

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The research stated nearly $10,000 worth of bitcoins was withdrawn from the wallet, and the same hacker group allegedly offered authorities to unlock the files – for the sum of 100 BTC – by providing the ransomware decryption keys. Because of the lack of response in some payments, the researchers believe that the cyber criminals weren’t financially motivated. The hacker behind the Notpetya attack posted the announcement on Deeppaste and Pastebin by requesting 100 BTC to provide Ransomware Decryption Keys, which is used to decrypt any data locked in the cyber attack. The hacker also wrote boot disks can’t be restored.

Ransomware Decryption Keys

Ransomware Decryption Keys

Cyber security researcher Matt Suiche with Comae Technologies told Motherboard “This is fear, uncertainty and doubt case and a clear attempt from the attackers to try to further confuse the audience, by changing the wiper narrative into a ransomware one again.” According to them, the hackers are just trolling the media, the journalists, and the peoples. Even if the current attempt to sell the ransomware decryption keys for the ransomware attacks will give law enforcement authorities and the researchers a lead, they can follow. Nowadays, using ransomware attacks to extort money becomes quite common as it has relatively small risks associated with high rewards. The WannaCry ransomware in May attack extorted nearly $100,000 worth of bitcoins from the victims.

As per the recent study by the United Nations, the USA ranks second after Singapore in preparation for the cyber crime. The report evaluated and scored countries on their legal, technical, educational, research, and organizational frameworks as well as their ability to share information. The researchers wrote, “Cybersecurity is an ecosystem where laws, skills, organizations, cooperation and technical implementation require to be in consistency to be most effective.”

Ransomware Decryption Keys

Ransomware Decryption Keys

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The UN research stated that some of the richest and modern countries were surprisingly back at the list. For example, India was placed at the 25th, while China was only 34th on the list. However, apart from Singapore, other smaller countries ranked at the top 10 of the list, including Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Malaysia, and Georgia. The researchers indicated that the decisive action was to adopt a national security strategy. According to the study’s records, 50% of the countries failed to do so. Another unexpected result was North Korea’s place on the list, ranked 57th, which is three spots higher than Spain.

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