The prolific Conti ransomware collective spent millions on salaries, tools and services throughout 2021.

The recent leak of the pro-Russia group’s internal chats by a Ukrainian researcher, analysed by security vendor BreachQuest, has revealed fascinating insights into the workings of the operation.

The group’s structure is not dissimilar to that of a legitimate business, with an HR and recruitment lead, someone in charge of its data leak blog, a training specialist, a blockchain lead and individuals at the head of A, B and C teams.

Each of the aforementioned teams contains developers, pen testers, OSINT, admins, QA and reverse engineer experts, the report claimed.

Turnover of employees is high, but they are handsomely compensated with Bitcoin.

 

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