Stealing from the rich to give to the poor is a cliché that has accompanied the romantic figure of the good highwayman for centuries. A conception that has in its maximum exponent the British Robin Hood, who used this type of techniques against the tax collectors of the Sheriff of Nottingham. It is about a figure that is still present in the popular imagination and that has found its own virtual version: hackers who steal from large companies to make anonymous donations to organizations that work helping those most in need.
Following in the wake of Robin Hood, a group of hackers known as DarkSide INC has spent its time virtually attacking large companies, hijacking their computer systems with a ransomware-type attack and committing part Raise this money to “make the world a better place”, through donations to organizations that carry out charitable activities in developing countries.
Through a blog post on the dark web, the Darkside hacker group has published receipts worth $ 10,000 (around 8,500 euros based on current exchange time) showing their donations to charities.
Specifically, donations have gone to Children International, which supports children, families and communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas; and The Water Project, which works to improve access to drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa, according to Europa Press.
Following the publication of the receipts on the Darkside blog hosted on the Deep Web, Children International has assured the BBC of its intention to return the money contributed anonymously by hackers: “If the donation is linked to a hacker, we have no intention of staying with her. ” They also maintain that if “they were made with stolen funds” they will return “the money to the rightful owner.”
In its publications, DarkSide includes a kind of manifesto in which it maintains that its criminal operations only target “big companies” and that when they have paid the ransom money to release the hijacked files, they believe ” just part of the money from the companies goes to charity. “More in The World
At another point, the group justifies its own actions. “No matter how bad you think our job is, we are happy to know that we help change someone’s life, ” he added.
Until the group published the donation receipts, they had gone unnoticed by non-governmental organizations. To get them the money, the DarkSide group had used an online service known as The Giving Block, which allows donations in cryptocurrency to the main non-profit organizations that operate around the world.