We knew the effective Russian pirates, here is a new proof. While we learned a few months ago that 74% of online ransoms paid in 2021 were collected by them, a new study has shed light on the extent of the phenomenon in the country. In its report, Group-IB thus counts 34 distinct malicious collectives, each grouping around 200 members. By combining their exploits, the organization has 50.3 million the number of passwords stolen by hackers since the beginning of the year.
Already substantial, this figure is even more significant when put into perspective. Indeed, this is an increase of 80% compared to 2021. Said passwords mainly protected Steam, Amazon or PayPal accounts, including Roblox, bank accounts and other cryptocurrency wallets. The victims are located in the four corners of the globe: United States, Germany, India, Brazil, Indonesia… In total, 111 countries were the target of Russian hackers in 2022.
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Russian Hackers Are Increasingly Efficient (and Dangerous)
Group-IB also notes an increase in all other areas of cybercrime. Thus, the exfiltration of cookies has increased by 74%, while hacks of crypto wallets are up by 2116% and those of bank cards by 81%. Finally, 23 of the 34 groups listed use the Redline stealer, which has been talked about a lot this year. The others use Raccoon, or Aurora, whose popularity is skyrocketing.
“The popularity of schemes involving stealers can be explained by the low barrier to entry”writes Group-IB, which highlights how hacking is becoming easier and easier with newcomers. “Beginners do not need to have advanced technical knowledge, because the process is fully automated, and the worker’s only task is to create a file with a stealer in the Telegram bot and redirect traffic to it. . »