Silence: Moving into the darksideA mobile, small, and young cybergang group has been progressing rapidly. While successful attacks were detected in Russian banks, Group-IB experts have discovered the group’s activity in 25+ countries worldwide. Learn more about tactics and tools employed by Silence in first detailed report presented by Group-IB.Request

Key facts

At least one of the gang members appears to be a former or current employee of a cyber security company

The first attacks were very amateur and the cybercriminals learned as they progressed and have become more active since autumn 2017

Confirmed thefts by Silence increased more than fivefold in less than a year: from just 100 000 $ to 550 000 $

Successful attacks were conducted in Russia, but Group-IB experts have discovered evidence of Silence activity in 25+ countries

It appears that the cyber criminals responsible for these crimes were at some point active in the security community. Either as penetration testers or reverse engineers. They carefully study the attacks conducted by other cybercriminal groups, and analyse antivirus and Threat Intelligence reports. Many of Silence’s tools are legitimate, others they developed themselves and learn from other gangs. The Internet, particularly the underground web, favours this kind of transformation; it is now far easier to become a cybercriminal than 5–7 years ago.

Dmitry Volkov

Chief Technology Officer and Head of Threat Intelligence at Group-IB

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