The news about Vitali Kremez’s unfortunate sudden death came in as a shock for the cybersecurity world. Reports reveal Vitali Kremez died in a scuba-diving accident.
Vitali Kremez Died At 36
Recently, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that the prominent cybersecurity researcher and analyst Vitali Kremez has died in an unfortunate accident. The Coast Guard recovered his dead body from somewhere between Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach.
“We’d like to express our deepest condolences to the loved ones of Mr. Kremez,” said CWO Edgardo Insignares, a Sector Miami command duty officer. #SAR
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) November 2, 2022
Kremez reportedly went missing after he was last witnessed on Hollywood Beach on Sunday, October 30, 2022. After a rescue activity that started on October 31, 2022, USCG could confirm Kremez’s recovery on November 2, 2022.
Cybersec Community Mourn’s Kremez’s Demise
Kremez’s untimely demise jolted up the cybersecurity community. As the news broke, the researchers and cybersecurity firms expressed condolences and shared their tribute to the genius mind.
We’re stunned by the loss of Vitali Kremez and want to acknowledge his contribution to our field, thank him for our work together and to extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
— Cisco Talos Intelligence Group (@TalosSecurity) November 3, 2022
The Eclypsium team is deeply saddened by the news of Vitali Kremez’s tragic passing. This is a tremendous loss to the security community. Our thoughts are with his family and all those privileged to have known him.
— Eclypsium (@eclypsium) November 2, 2022
The SentinelOne team is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our former teammate, & friend of so many, @VK_Intel. Vitali was a founding member of SentinelLabs & made numerous contributions to the security community. Our thoughts are with his family. https://t.co/pHWxwXuK4m pic.twitter.com/8ZHzpNX4PA
— SentinelOne (@SentinelOne) November 2, 2022
Who Was Vitali Kremez?
In a few words, Vitali Kremez was one of the most intelligent cybersecurity researchers who genuinely contributed to the field in a revolutionary manner.
Kremez, 36, grew up in Belarus and then moved to Connecticut, USA, where he continued his education while managing some side jobs.
Kremez’s continued struggle and efforts eventually transformed him into a prominent cybersecurity genius who practically stepped into this field as a cyber analyst for the Manhattan district attorney’s office. (He also shared a bit about himself, alongside his findings and analyses, on his website.) In 2019, he joined SentinelOne as the founding member of the firm’s threat intelligence team SentinelLabs.
The researcher didn’t limit his skills to malware analyses only. Instead, he had a curious soul that pushed him to track the threat actors with a deeper approach. He also developed Advanced Intelligence (AdvIntel) that actively tracks advanced threats like ransomware and botnet operations. He also remained keen on the ongoing cyberattacks, giving valuable inputs, like the BlackMatter ransomware campaign, PwndLocker ransomware campaign, the Ako ransomware analysis, and the Clop ransomware.
Team Latest Hacking News also expresses its deepest condolences to Kremez’s dear ones. Undoubtedly, Vitali Kremez is a personality whose untimely demise makes us realize what “gone too soon” means!
Rest in Peace