Hackers from Mogilevich, who claimed to have hacked Epic Games, admitted that they had deceived everyone

As information security specialists suspected, the Mogilevich hack group, which previously claimed to have hacked Epic Games, did not actually hack anyone. The attackers admitted that the high-profile hacking claims were fake to attract attention.

Recall that last week Mogilevich reported that they hacked Epic Games, stealing 189 GB of data, including email addresses, passwords, full names, payment information, source codes, and so on. Then representatives of Epic Games assured that they had not found any evidence of hacking and data theft.

Since, unlike other ransomware, the group did not share samples of data stolen from victims, many security researchers assumed that the hackers wanted to deceive potential buyers. This is practically what happened.

Cyber ​​Daily now reports that all Mogilevich activity appears to have been a scam. The fact is that the group pretended to publish data stolen from Epic Games, but instead of information via the link, the following statement was published:

“You may be wondering what all this is for, and now I will explain everything to you. In fact, we are not ransomware-as-a-service, but professional scammers. None of the databases listed on our blog have been hacked. We used big names to gain fame as quickly as possible, but not to become famous and gain recognition,” write the people behind Mogilevich.

The scammers say that thanks to the hype they created, they sold access to their fake ransomware infrastructure to eight interested hackers, doubling the price at the last minute.

In addition, Mogilevich asked people to send them screenshots of their crypto wallets (ostensibly as proof of seriousness of intentions). However, hackers then used the resulting screenshots for further fraud.

So, the group recently reported that they allegedly hacked into the network of the drone manufacturer DJI, and thanks to this, the hackers managed to defraud a potential buyer of $85,000 in cryptocurrency.

“The price for this supposed terabyte database was $100,000. Interested people immediately contacted us, and one of them was so calm, he behaved like a boss,” say representatives of the group. “We made him believe that we have other buyers who are putting pressure on us.”

As a result, the scammers allowed the interested party to lower the price and sold the non-existent DJI base for $85,000.

“Now the main question: why? Why admit everything if you can just run away? This is done to illustrate the essence of our scam. We don’t consider ourselves hackers, but rather criminal geniuses, if you can call us that,” said Mogilevich.

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