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A mysterious person coming from the shadows.

REvil is the name of a ransomware service as well as a group of criminals inflicting ransomware onto the world. Hear how this ransomware shook the world.

A special thanks to our guest Will, a CTI researcher with Equinix.


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Darknet Diaries is created by Jack Rhysider.

Editing by Damienne. Assembled by Tristan Ledger.

Sound design by Garrett Tiedemann.

Episode artwork by odibagas.

Mixing by Proximity Sound.

Theme music created by Breakmaster Cylinder. Theme song available for listen and download at bandcamp. Or listen to it on Spotify.


Recording equipment used this episode was the Shure SM7B, Zoom Podtrak P4, Sony MDR7506, in the Hindenburg editor.



JACK: Yeah, scams going on out there today are getting wild. There was this one I read about; let me tell you about it. [MUSIC] Okay, so there’s this guy named Gustavo. He’s from Brazil, but he was in the US just visiting. He wanted to drive for a rideshare company like Uber but he was just visiting, so he didn’t have a US driver’s license. Now, as you can imagine, a requirement to drive for Uber in the US is that you need a driver’s license in the US. Gustavo thought about it and decided to try to use someone else’s driver’s license to register to drive with Uber. I’m not exactly sure how he borrowed someone’s identity, but I imagine it’s not all that hard to find someone’s information online these days. I mean, I’ve seen people post pics of their driver’s license to social media. So, maybe he just took one of those and sent it to Uber to pass verification. Anyway, however he forged the driver details, it worked. He was approved to drive for a rideshare company, and he had it set up so he’d get paid for the work he did. It was great for him to earn money while staying in the US, and the money was a whole ‘nother scheme he was working on.

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