Hackers who inflicted extensive damage on Ireland’s health system unexpectedly gave him tools to help him heal.
Conti’s ransomware has asked the restroom to resume service after a “catastrophic hack” and demanded $20 million.
Now criminals have delivered software tools free.
The Irish government says it is testing the tool and insists it did not pay, and will not, for hacking.
Conti continues to threaten to publish or sell stolen data unless a ransom is paid.
“We are providing free decryption tools for your network,” he tells HSE on his dark web website.
Promise of “no ransom”
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said it was unclear why hackers were offering the tool, known as decryption keys, for free.
“The department has not paid the ransom directly or indirectly through any third party or any other device,” he said. Nor will such a ransom be paid,’ he told Irish broadcaster RT Plus.
“It was a surprise to us. Our technical team is currently testing the tools. The initial response was yes.
Criminal ransomware giving away decryption tools is not for free.
Some of these groups operate under uninsured “ethical” codes, claiming they have no intention of endangering lives.
In one case the culprits accidentally cut off the hospital: the report showed that when hackers realized their mistake, they gave the decryption to the hospital for free.
Hundreds of medical facilities will be attacked in the U.S. alone in 2020.
We don’t know what the reasons for the Kennedy group are.
They knew full well that they were attacking a medical service and spent several days trying to pay ransoms for the unclassified.
Maybe suddenly they found a conscience.
Perhaps they are under pressure from law enforcement or other hackers to seize control of it.
Or before the Wall of Silence the Irish government surrendered.
Crucially, criminals still want to get payday threatened to send private data online.