Conti Ransomware Operation Shut Down After Splitting into Smaller Groups
May 24, 2022
Even as the operators of Conti threatened to overthrow the Costa Rican government , the notorious cybercrime gang officially took down its attack infrastructure in favor of migrating their malicious cyber activities to other ancillary operations, including Karakurt and BlackByte. "From the negotiations site, chatrooms, messengers to servers and proxy hosts - the Conti brand, not the organization itself, is shutting down," AdvIntel researchers Yelisey Bogusalvskiy and Vitali Kremez said in a report. "However, this does not mean that the threat actors themselves are retiring." The voluntary termination, with the exception of its name-and-shame blog, is said to have occurred on May 19, 2022, while an organizational rejig was happening simultaneously to ensure a smooth transition of the ransomware group's members. AdvIntel said Conti, which is also tracked under the moniker Gold Ulrick , orchestrated its own demise by utilizing information warfare techniques.