January 19, 2022

Russia says it has shut down infamous REvil ransomware group

What simply occurred? Russia’s FSB has arrested members of REvil, a ransomware group liable for many cyberattacks throughout the US final yr, together with the Kaseya assault. Amid the arrest, the FSB seized thousands and thousands of {dollars} in money and belongings.

In accordance with machine translation of the FSB’s announcement, the Russian company raided 25 addresses belonging to 14 individuals. In the course of the raids it sized round 426 million rubles (about $5.6 million), $600,000 USD, 500,000 Euros, computer systems, crypto wallets, and 20 vehicles. The FSB charged the suspects with “unlawful circulation of technique of fee.”

The raids happened on the request of US authorities after they reported on a member of the group. That a part of the FSB’s announcement could also be a reference to Operation GoldDust, wherein Romanian police arrested two individuals linked to REvil final November. In October, German authorities claimed to have recognized a REvil member vacationing within the Mediterranean.

Final summer time, REvil’s ransomware software program was liable for the cyberattack on enterprise platform Kaseya, which affected a whole bunch of US companies. Quickly after, President Joe Biden made clear he wished the Russian authorities to behave on the actions of gangs like REvil that function from inside Russia. The nation has been accused of turning a blind eye to the gangs’ actions so long as they don’t assault anybody inside Russia.

A US official instructed The Washington Publish one individual the FSB arrested was concerned within the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, which was claimed by one other ransomware group – DarkSide. It’s attainable the person labored for each DarkSide and REvil.

The FSB’s announcement comes across the identical time that Ukranian authorities servers had been attacked. Nobody has claimed accountability for the cyberattack, nevertheless it occurred amidst fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, which the Ukranian authorities suspects would start with cyberattacks on the nation’s infrastructure. Over 100,000 Russian troops are presently massed close to the Ukranian border.

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