This Crowdsourced Ransomware Tracker Exposes Hackers' Fast-Growing Bitcoin War Chest
Last week, white-hat hacker Jack Cable announced the crowdsourced ransomware payment tracker website Ransomwhe.re. He explained that “there's no comprehensive public data on the total number of ransomware payments” and that without this, “we can't know the full impact of ransomware, and whether taking certain actions changes the picture.” Thus, he created this website that relies on people to report their ransomware incidents which are then manually approved to prevent abuse.
However, REvil’s total could rise sharply if even a portion of the recently demanded $70 million ransom is paid out as part of the Kaseya attack. We will have to see what happens with that, but this website will be incredibly useful to keep an eye on for ransomware tracking. Moreover, perhaps as more data comes in, it will spark legislators and politicians worldwide to fight ransomware more intensely.