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Security intelligence vendor Flashpoint claims to have found forum comments from customers of the REvil ransomware-as-a-service gang, and they’re not happy. The gang's malware may contain backdoors that REvil uses to restore encrypted files itself. REvil's modus operandi is to rent its malware to other evildoers, in return for …

  1. tip pc Silver badge

    Just goes to show

    You just can’t trust anyone these days!

    1. Plest Silver badge

      Re: Just goes to show

      If you can't trust scambag malware authors who can you trust these days?

      Back in my day when Ronnie and Reggie were about, you could leave your door open all the time. Never mind that they were vicious, unfeeling shitbags with zero morals, they did love their Mum though!

      The world is going to hell in a hand cart!

      1. Skiver

        Re: Just goes to show

        A Kray brothers reference. I love it.

  2. Wolfclaw

    No honour amongst thieves, so no sympathy if one screws over another.

  3. keithpeter Silver badge

    Turf war?

    In the physical world if there is a serious dispute about revenue share or turf among organised crime types the result is a corpse discovered early in the morning by someone walking their dog (its always a dog-walker).

    The fact that this is all online and presumably the participants are unknown to each other and quite possibly spread around different time zones should help to keep the body count down. One wonders what form an online turf war will take however.

    1. DJV Silver badge

      Re: its always a dog-walker

      Yeah, the cat walkers usually give up after a multiple lacerations around the facial area when said moggy refuses to wear a lead.

      1. msknight

        Re: its always a dog-walker

        That's simply down to the cat walkers failing to recognise the need for a suit of armour when carrying out that task, and their lack of dedication to adopt the required safety equipment earns them no sympathy from me.

      2. tiggity Silver badge

        Re: its always a dog-walker

        I walk cats, a bit of training and they are fine with a body harness and lead (not just a collar, they wriggle out of those)

        .. Neighbours have lost all their cats to traffic, my option less fun for cats than letting them roam, but hopefully they live longer this way

        1. Potemkine! Silver badge

          Re: its always a dog-walker

          As the saying goes, "at night all cats are flat."

      3. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge

        Re: its always a dog-walker

        Some cats are a bit more passive in their protests.

        1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

          Re: Some cats are a bit more passive in their protests.

          The flicking tail gives the game away.

    2. Clausewitz 4.0

      Re: Turf war?

      Eventually online turns physical offline. The most savvy survive. Scars are proof.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Turf war?


      +1 for the Sarah Millican reference. One of my favourite stand ups.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fingers crossed

    These problems eliminate each other

    1. Clausewitz 4.0

      Re: Fingers crossed

      Or partner up to create a better enterprise.

  5. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

    Of course there's a back door. I would be completely unsurprised if they're using it to snoop around all their partner networks, make sure they're not law enforcement. Whether they use it for anything else? Well, I suppose it depends whether you want to kill the goose that steals the cryptocurrency eggs, I suppose...

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      I expect they take ransoms from a few victims, telling the partners that those victims simply chose not to pay up. That way, they get more of the profit while still giving the partners a few successes to keep them working. Likely one partner noticed people decrypting after being informed that the victim didn't choose to pay.

    2. herman Silver badge


      Jagger foresaw it: I see a red door and I want it painted black.

  6. DS999 Silver badge

    Criminals stealing from criminals?

    Who would have expected that, aside from everyone?

  7. W.S.Gosset Silver badge


    The clue's in the name.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There is no honour among thieves

    funny how I misread this as 'There is no humour among thieves'...

  9. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge

    Oh no...

    Oh no... greasy criminals are ripping off other greasy criminals.

    1. herman Silver badge

      Re: Oh no...

      So that is why the Mafia is in Italy, not Greece…

  10. herman Silver badge

    Creeping round your backdoor

    OK here you go:

  11. IGotOut Silver badge

    Not a bad idea...

    Multiple "gangs" infect some of the same gang (to get the stats), then go on forum to say they themselves have been compromised by the malware the were distributing and all their bitcoins have been stolen. Thus sowing doubt amoung other crims.

    Did I say gangs? I meant to say law inforcement agencies.

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