A mysterious cyberhacking group called “Robin Hood Hackers” is mysteriously donating their stolen money to charities. But why? The Darkside hackers, which claim to have looted around millions of dollars from companies, have been puzzling security researchers ever since they appeared.
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A participant sits with a laptop computer as he attends the annual Chaos Communication Congress of the Chaos Computer Club at the Berlin Congress Center on December 28, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The Chaos Computer Club is Europe’s biggest network of computer hackers and its annual congress draws up to 3,000 participants.
And now, security experts are more confused because the group of hackers said they now want to “make the world a better place.” According to Yahoo News‘ latest report, the mysterious gang posted on the dark web, revealing receipts for $10,000 in Bitcoin donations to two charities, which include the Children International.
However, although it was a large amount of money, the organization said it would not accept the stolen money. Security researchers find the sudden shift as a strange and troubling development, both legally and morally, since the hackers still using stolen money from companies.
Robin Hood Hackers only target large companies
BBC News reported that the Darkside hackers use organizations’ IT systems as hostages to force them to pay a ransom. However, the hackers created a blog post on Oct. 13, claiming that they only attack large profitable companies.
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Undated file photo released by the FBI February 20, 2001 shows a package recovered at the “Lewis” drop site containing $50,000 cash allegedly left by Russians for FBI Agent Robert Philip Hanssen. Hanssen was arrested two days ago and accused of spying for Russia, allegedly giving the KGB the names of three Russian intelligence agents working for the United States, the FBI said in a press conference today.
“We think that it’s fair that some of the money the companies have paid will go to charity,” they wrote, as stated by BBC News.
“No matter how bad you think our work is, we are pleased to know that we helped changed someone’s life. Today we sended (sic) the first donations,” they added.
The two charity groups
The mysterious hackers donated their stolen money to Children International and The Water Project. However, a spokesperson of Children International said that if the donation is connected to a hacker, the organization has no intention of keeping it.
On the other hand, The Water Project hasn’t provided any statements yet regarding the money it received. The charity group focuses on improving access to clean in sub-Saharan Africa.
Brett Callow, cyber-security company Emsisoft’s threat analyst, said that it is not yet clear why the cybercriminals are making the donations. He said that it might be because they want to fulfill their guilt.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.
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