The alleged cancer diagnosis of a self-proclaimed ex-“Babuk Locker” group member has driven them to publish their ransomware’s source code. Following the member’s disclosure of Babuk Locker’s code on the Russian-language cybercriminal forum XSS, the group has been cast in a new light. Security researchers have pointed to a rift involving a Babuk Locker affiliate, the group’s members, and its administrator, following an April 2021 ransomware attack on the Washington DC Metro Police Department (MPD). The group ultimately split up to form separate ransomware ventures: The administrator is reportedly running the new ransomware-focused RAMP forum and a new data-leak website called Groove, and affiliates have allegedly formed the “Babuk V2” ransomware collective.
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