back to article Everest cybercriminals offer corporate insiders cold, hard cash for remote access

The Everest ransomware group is stepping up its efforts to purchase access to corporate networks directly from employees amid what researchers believe to be a major transition for the cybercriminals. In a post at the top of its dark web victim blog, Everest said it will offer a "good percentage" of the profits generated from …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    A high risk strategy. I'm sure law enforcement could use such an approach to gain access to the gang.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Promises of large payouts are made to professionals in exchange for facilitating access for the thieves or deploying the ransomware themselves.

    ....

    Demonware gang offered 40 percent of the total proceeds of a successful attack in exchange for deploying the ransomware.

    If theres a "professional" prepared to do that he wouldnt really need the gang

    {insert some kind of Office Space (1999) quote}

    1. Clausewitz4.0 Bronze badge
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      If theres a "professional" prepared to do that he wouldnt really need the gang

      Management usually requires other professionals to carry all sort of tasks. Even if someone fully knows all the workflow, it is too much work for just 1 person - specially if there are multiple projects being running.

    2. doublelayer Silver badge

      The insider wouldn't have to write the code to encrypt the files, set up the infrastructure to communicate with the victim without immediately being caught, or negotiate payment with the victim, and would be at least somewhat insulated from the initial investigation. If the article is right, this is also a guaranteed payment whether the victim pays up or not. Those are, unfortunately, terms that might convince someone to do it.

  3. Yorick Hunt Silver badge
    Angel

    A variant of the Amish virus from 3-4 decades ago.

    "We aren't technical enough to write a virus, so please delete your files on our behalf." Or something to that effect - my memory's not what it used to be.

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "loss of team members"

    Oh, so some of them have been sent to the front of the "special military operation" that is absolutely not an invasion, then ?

    Good.

    They're going to get some much-needed first-hand experience of Reality, hardcore style.

    Can't say I feel sorry for them.

  5. Tron Silver badge

    Do we know whether they are actually the NSA or CIA?

    Because that would be awkward.

    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: Do we know whether they are actually the NSA or CIA?

      It would make some sense for law enforcement to set up things like this if only to reduce the trust that others might have in stuff like it. Unfortunately, anyone who responded to an invitation from law enforcement impersonating a ransomware gang would probably be able to claim entrapment. However, I'd expect some law enforcement to pretend to be willing accomplices to try to gain more information about the real gangs.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I've always been wary ....

    .. I sensed that double glazing was just a front for other things

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