On July 13, the REvil darknet websites suddenly went offline reported by the New York Times.
REvil’s infrastructure and websites went offline, including its data leak sites, less than two weeks after attacking 1,500+ businesses with ransomware via Kaseya, Russia Hacking Gang REvil Demanded $70 Million Bitcoin Ransom.
All REvil sites are down, including the payment sites and data leak site. 🤔
The public ransomware gang represenative, Unknown, is strangely quiet.
— Lawrence Abrams (@LawrenceAbrams) July 13, 2021
Disabled resources include the Happy Blog, which is public blog used to publish victims data, as well as sites for discussing the ransom amount and accepting payments.
The Question Is Who Made Them Run?
Just days after President Biden called on Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to shut down ransomware groups attacking American Businesses, the most aggressive of the groups (REvil) suddenly shut down early Tuesday morning.
There were three main reasons why Reville suddenly disappeared.
First, Mr. Biden ordered the United States Cyber Command, which works with national law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to take down the REvil sites.
The second reason is that Mr. Putin ordered to take down group sites. If so, it would be a nice gesture in response to Mr. Biden’s warning.
A third theory is that REvil decided that the heat was too intense and removed the websites themselves to avoid crossfire between the American and Russian presidents.
But the Companies will suffer the most from the closure of REvil Dark net sites, which without contact with REvil will lose the ability to recover their encrypted data and would be forced to close businesses.
Experts consider REvil, also known as Sodinokibi, one of the largest hacking groups in the world. According to the American intelligence services, cyber fraudsters carry out at least 15 attacks every month. In 2020, their ransom ware earnings exceeded $ 100 million.
In May, the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS, fell victim to REvil. They paid a ransom of $11 million in Bitcoin.