Ransom, bribery and the darknet – Why cyber criminals are shifting their modus operandi

From itproportal.com


27-year-old Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov believed that he had his next victim in sight. Arriving in the US in July 2020 – despite the Coronavirus pandemic – he began communicating with an employee of a business via WhatsApp. Kriuchkov had a simple proposition. In exchange for the employee inserting a USB stick infected with ransomware into his company’s computer systems, Kriuchkov would pay an initial $500,000, followed by an additional $1 million once the attack was successful. Unfortunately for Kriuchkov, the employee spilled the beans and the FBI soon arrested the Russian national.

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