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Maze, notorious ransomware operator group, announces end of its activities


The month of November started with a very curious news – Maze, a gang of cybercriminals responsible for operating the eponymous ransomware, announced the end of its activities this past Sunday (1st). In an official statement posted on its website, the team said their actions were motivated by the simple idea of ​​making large corporations rethink their way of protecting sensitive information.

“The project is closed. The Maze Team Project is announcing that it is officially closed. All links to our project, using our brand, our working methods must be considered a scam ”, say the operators. According to them, the idea of ​​creating the brand arose from the perception that the world was becoming “reckless, indifferent, stupid, lazy”.

“We never had any official partners or successors. Our specialists do not work with any other software. No one will ever be able to host new partners on our website. The Maze cartel never existed and still does not exist. It can be found inside the heads of the journalists who wrote about it ”, point out the criminals.

Discovered in 2019, the Maze gang became notorious for its modus operandi which, at the time, was somewhat innovative: in addition to breaking into systems and encrypting files, asking for ransom for such, they also stole classified documents and published them on their own website if the victim refused to pay. This strategy was quickly copied by other teams like REvil / Sodinokibi and Ryuk.

Maze operators point out that the site will remain live and that companies can contact them if they want the leaked information to be deleted. Among the most important targets of the gang, we can mention the Canon, LG Electronics, Bank of Costa Rica and Westech International.

Source: HackRead

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