Russia claims it arrested members of REvil ransomware group

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Russian security agency Claimed On Friday it arrested members of the Russia-based cyber gang Revil, which was responsible for several major ransomware attacks against US companies last year.

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Why this matters: Russia’s Federal Security Service said the arrests were made based on an appeal from the United States, marking a rare event of cybersecurity coordination between the two countries.

Security agency did not disclose Not specifically how many people were arrested, but it said it had collected $600,000, 500,000 euros, 426 million roubles, computer equipment, crypto wallets that were used to commit cybercrime and 20 cars illegally obtained. was purchased from.

  • The US Justice Department has yet to confirm the arrest and did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

big picture: The news of the arrests came as a surprise to many observers, given the dire state of US-Russia relations following this week’s failed diplomatic talks on European security and Ukraine.

  • REvil’s servers were up and offline for several months after first mysteriously going down in July 2021 – nearly two weeks after the group launched a massive ransomware campaign against software provider Kaseya, which has killed more than 1,500 companies. Impressed.
  • The Justice Department in November charged two suspected hackers — 22-year-old Yaroslav Vasinsky, and 28-year-old Yevgeny Polyanin — of allegedly involved in Ravil’s attacks.
  • On top of the Kasia campaign, Reville also targeted major meat supplier JBS in June, forcing it to close most of its beef plants across the US.

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