Moscow: Russia has arrested a number of members of the well-known hacker group known as REvil on the request of the US authorities after it was established that the notorious group was concerned in a number of high-profile assaults on giant American corporations.
Operational for years, REvil is concerned in attacking high-tech corporations by introducing malicious software program, encrypting info and extorting cash for its decryption.
In keeping with Russia’s Interfax information service, the home safety company, the FSB, has arrested quite a few members of the REvil hacking group on the request of the US authorities.
The FSB additionally seized 426 million rubles ($5.6 million) in a raid towards 14 members of the group, together with greater than $600,000 value of cryptocurrency and 20 luxurious automobiles.
The report, nonetheless, stated that REvil hackers with Russian citizenship is not going to be extradited to the US.
“The FSB of Russia has established the complete composition of the REvil legal group and the involvement of its members within the unlawful circulation of technique of cost, and documentation of unlawful actions has been carried out,” the intelligence service was quoted as saying within the report on Friday.
The company additionally seized pc gear and crypto wallets used to commit crimes.
“Representatives of the competent US authorities have been knowledgeable concerning the outcomes of the operation,” the company stated.
The Joe Biden administration has been calling on Russia to crack down on ransomware gangs working throughout the nation.
REvil hackers had been linked to the large ransomware assault towards Colonial Pipeline within the US in Might 2021.
REvil was additionally behind a cyberattack towards meat provider JBS, additionally in Might, which shut down the corporate’s meat processing crops throughout the US.
The second quarter of 2021 was a vibrant quarter for ransomware, incomes its place as a high-profile cyber agenda merchandise for the US administration following the Colonial Pipeline assault, in accordance with a report by McAfee Enterprise.
Fuelled by cryptocurrencies, ransomware was concerned in 79 per cent of the worldwide cybersecurity incidents within the final 18 months of the pandemic, led by Conti and REvil ransomware assaults, a report from world cyber safety agency Sophos confirmed just lately.
State-sponsored hackers hit Ukraine this week with a ‘huge cyber-attack’, shutting down a number of authorities web sites amid heightened stress with Russia.
“It’s too early to attract conclusions, however there’s a lengthy report of Russian assaults towards Ukraine,” a spokesperson for the Ukraine Overseas Ministry was quoted as saying.