DarkSide is a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) run by organized criminals (Russian-speaking) who have recently posted several announcements on the Dark Web to recruit individuals to participate in their Darkside RaaS affiliate program.  This is, in essence, a modern-day ransomware franchise open to anyone who wants to use the DarkSide service to attack and extort businesses world-wide.  If paid the crypto ransom, the Darkside operators guarantee to assist targeted users to return to normal during the decryption process. However, they also warn that if the crypto ransom is not paid, they will leave the system locked and publish all stolen data for a period of 6 months.

It is clear that the cyber criminals providing global, anonymous franchise access to their Darkside ransomware mean business. And they are targeting your organization. On August 8, 2020, the operators of the Darkside ransomware announced their malware in a press release on the dark web. They relayed that they had created this extortion kit for their unique cybercriminal needs and had made millions of dollars by partnering anonymously with other well-known ransomware groups.

How BW Cyber Services Can Help

While these criminals (and others) are all focused myopically to extort and monetize unauthorized access to your data, there are some relatively simple procedures you can take to help security your environment and lower your risk of a successful attack. BW Cyber Services can help you develop a comprehensive cyber compliance security program to prevent and respond to future attacks which affect your operations. In this effort, we will review cyber insurance to insure you have adequate coverage as well as enhance resiliency processes to minimize interruptions to operations if a ransomware event occurs.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact BW Cyber Services at info@bwcyberservices.com.