How a cybersecurity firm unintentionally helped DarkSide improve its ransomware

Becker's Health IT

Hannah Mitchell

Cyberattack victims have limited options on gathering resources to mitigate damages after being attacked by a hacker group. This encourages some cybersecurity firms to use the media to share their resources, which can alert hacker groups to software vulnerabilities, according to a May 24 article published in MIT Technology Review.

Six things to know:

1. DarkSide, the cybergang behind the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, had attacked dozens of American companies before it struck the pipeline. On Jan. 11, antivirus company Bitdefender said it detected a flaw in DarkSide's coding. If companies under attack downloaded Bitdefender's free tool, they could avoid paying millions of dollars in ransom to the hacker group.

2. When Bitdefender announced this flaw, two other researchers had...

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