Ukraine's security service, the SSU, has identified five Russian FSB officers as operators behind the Gameradon threat actor (also known as "Primitive Bear"). The group has specialized in targeting Ukrainian critical infrastructure and classified networks. The group is centered, geographically, in Russian-occupied Ukraine, and the FSB chatter the SSU intercepted includes a lot of whining about getting shafted out of awards and bonuses, recognition going to the undeserving, and everybody having to get tested for COVID at work.
The DarkSide gang may have announced their retirement from cybercrime, but the authorities don't seem willing to let them quietly disappear: the US State Department has announced a reward offer. "The U.S. Department of State announces a reward offer of up to $10,000,000 for information leading to the identification or location of any individual(s) who hold(s) a key leadership position in the DarkSide ransomware variant transnational organized crime group. In addition, the Department is also offering a reward offer of up to $5,000,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction in any country of any individual conspiring to participate in or attempting to participate in a DarkSide variant ransomware incident."
There's no mention of DarkSide's presumptive successor BlackMatter, but since the reward is for information about the natural persons behind the keyboards, the omission probably doesn't matter. Flashpoint looks at BlackMatter and predicts that those natural persons will be back.