A ransomware issued by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) received $ 25 million worth of Bitcoin from many victims.
According to news from McAfee and Cipher Trace; NetWalker ransomware, which the Federal Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI also issued warnings last week, has earned approximately $ 25 million worth of Bitcoin from the victims of the pandemic in the first months.
As it is known, NetWalker is a ‘ransomware’ that sends ‘phishing’ emails about Kovid-19 and thus gets inside the computer system and steals files. Thanks to this software, attackers who take over the computer threaten victims to spread the files if the payments they want are not made. It is claimed that victims, mostly companies and governments, made important payments to hackers during the pandemic period.
Victims, institutions, not individuals
According to the information provided by McAfee and CipherTrace; Between March 1 and July 27, 2,795 Bitcoin went to NetWalker wallet addresses. It turned out that NetWalker developers also switched Bitcoin storage systems months before the pandem started and started using SegWit addresses instead of P2PKH.
Pamela Clegg, director of financial investigations at Cipher Trace, said in a statement to CoinDesk, “The transition to SegWit may be a sign that they are using a new hardware wallet to store BTCs or simply want to pay less for transactions.” . Clegg said that large amounts of Bitcoin are kept in 640 different cold wallets and small amounts of Bitcoin are sent to the Russian cryptocurrency exchange CointoCard.org.
NetWalker, which the FBI warns against threats and wants no payment, can be said to manage the pandemic process “successfully” according to the latest cyber security news.