Certain members of the cybercriminal community, including a few malware developers and operators, have reportedly expressed a willingness to avoid attacking health care companies and other organizations that are key to battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, two cyber firms have pledged to offer free services to health care organizations hit by ransomware.

BleepingComputer this week contacted the cybercriminal gangs behind the Maze, DoppelPaymer, Ryuk, Sodinokibi, PwndLocker and Ako ransomware programs. Two of these actors, when asked, claimed that they would show mercy to entities specializing in health and medicine under the current circumstances.

The actors behind DoppelPaymer reportedly said that they don't target health care companies, local governments or 911 services, but if any such organizations accidentally become infected, they should contact the malware operators via DoppelPaymer's email or Tor webpage to receive a free decryptor.

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