Cyberthieves say they have ‘moral principles’

An illustration of a bulgar wearing a striped shirt using a vacuum to pull data from a computer, illustrating an article about cyberthieves who steal data.

They openly admit to hacking companies’ IT systems, stealing their sensitive data, and leaking it and putting it up for sale if they aren’t paid. But there are some red lines that the operators of the Marketo stolen-data marketplace say they won’t cross.

They claim they don’t do ransomware — that they neither conduct the attacks, which encrypt victims’ data, nor benefit from data harvested in attacks by others.

“We don’t have the goal of destroying other people’s businesses,” the group told...

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