Responding to US demands, Russia cracks down on Revil hacking group

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Russia launched a special operation against the hacker group ransomware Following a request from the United States (USA), REvil was arrested and charged against the group members.

This was announced by the FSB domestic intelligence agency on Friday 14/1.

The arrests seem to be a rare manifestation of cooperation between Russia and the United States at a time when tensions are high between the two countries over Ukraine. The announcement came as Ukraine responded to a massive cyberattack that shut down several government websites.

It was reported that during the joint operation of the FSB, the police and the FSB searched 25 addresses and 14 people were detained. A list of seizures was provided, including 426 million rubles, 600 thousand dollars and 500,000 euros, as well as computer hardware and 20 luxury cars.

In a statement posted on its website, the FSB said Russia had directly notified the United States of action taken against the group Washington wanted. The US Embassy in Moscow said it could not immediately comment.

“This step of the investigation is based on a request from the United States,” the FSB said. “This Organized Crime Association no longer exists and the information infrastructure used for criminal purposes has been rendered ineffective.”

TV Channels REN He posted videos of agents raiding homes and arresting people, making them face down and confiscating piles of Russian dollars and rubles.

The US said in November that it will reward up to $10 million for information leading to the identification and location of anyone in a key position in the REvil group.

The US is grappling with a series of ransom-demanding hacking attacks by cybercriminals. In June, REvil was suspected of being the group that carried out a ransomware attack on JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacking business, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. [jm/pp]

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