Hackers donate stolen money to charity in puzzling move


A hacking group has donated stolen money to charity in what is seen as a first for cyber-crime.


The latest stunt has left security experts puzzled because the group of hackers said they now want to "make the world a better place."


In a post on the dark web, the gang posted receipts for $10,000 in Bitcoin donations to two charities.


One of them, Children International, says it will not be keeping the money.


The move is being seen as a strange and troubling development, both morally and legally.


The Water Project, also received money through a US based donations service called The Giving Page, which was set up to help make it more straightforward for cryptocurrency millionaires to donate money to charity.


In a blog post, the hackers claim that they only target large, profitable companies in their attacks.


They wrote: "We think that it's fair that some of the money the companies have paid will go to charity.


"No matter how bad you think our work is, we are pleased to know that we helped changed someone's life.


Darkside are a relatively new group of hackers, and experts say this is the first time cybercriminals have used stolen money to donate to charity.


There is also evidence they may have links to other cyber-criminal groups responsible for high-profile attacks on companies including Travelex, which was crippled by ransomware in January.


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