NASDAQ displays in Times Square deliver stock market information to traders. (bfishadow on Flickr, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Brazen ransomware groups are continuing to seek out new avenues to rake in profits and ratchet up pressure on victims. In one of the latest such developments, the DarkSide ransomware group is openly coaxing stock traders to reach out and receive the inside scoop on the gang’s latest corporate victims, so they can short sell their stock before any data is leaked and the news goes public.

An entry on the DarkSide Leaks site dated April 20 states: “Now our team and partners encrypt many companies that are trading on NASDAQ and other stock exchanges. If the company refuses to pay, we are ready to provide information before the publication, so that it would be possible to earn in the reduction price of shares. Write to us in ‘Contact Us’ and we will provide you with detailed information.”

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