Russia arrests 14 alleged members of REvil ransomware gang

1/16/2022 11:30:00 AM

Russia arrests 14 alleged members of REvil ransomware gang

Russia arrests 14 alleged members of REvil ransomware gang

The raids come amid a widespread cyberattack on Ukrainian government websites.

May shut down of Colonial Pipeline,"there are some signs of involvement [by] hacker groups associated with the Russian secret services." Friday, had"developed malicious software and organized the theft of funds from the bank accounts of foreign citizens and cashed them out, including by purchasing expensive goods on the Internet."

"We understand that one of the individuals who was arrested today was responsible for the attack against Colonial Pipeline last spring," a senior administration official briefed reporters, Friday."We're committed to seeing those conducting ransomware attacks against Americans brought to justice."

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They probably only had to go to the basement of the Kremlin, and find a couple of OAF Keepers and say “Hands up”, or whatever they say in Russian. Putin didn't get his cut of the money....LMAO 🤣 they should have paid his cut... Gone from self employed to government civil servants. Really. I’m waiting for some kind of backstory to come out like (l’m just making this up): Alleged 14 arrested REvil members really Putin political adversaries.

Sounds like their usefulness is at an end. Or.,, just beginning Pretend to arrest since they already work for them. 😂🤣 Arrest and will make them work for Putin for their freedom.

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Russia arrests, dismantles REvil hacking group at U.S. request - FSBRussia has conducted a special operation against ransomware crime group REvil at the request of the United States and has detained and charged the group's members, the FSB domestic intelligence service said on Friday. Why would Russia arrest a group of hackers they financially back.

Russia dismantles REvil hacker group, arrests membersAn amount of $5.5 million and 20 luxury cars were seized in an operation carried out at the request of the US, Russian domestic intelligence service says.

Russia claims it arrested members of REvil ransomware groupRussia's security agency claimed it arrested members of the Russia-based cyber gang REvil that was responsible for multiple massive ransomware attacks against U.S. companies last year. I hope the claim is true and not just another Russian lie. Is this an interpretation mixup? I’m pretty sure the Russian word nagrazhden is translated as awarded not arrested

Russia Takes Down REvil Hackers—as Ukraine Tensions MountOver a dozen alleged members of the notorious ransomware group have been arrested, but the Kremlin's critics are wary of the underlying motivation. I do not believe, but rather believe that the Russian hacker community is employed by the Russian government as in most countries.

Russia detains three more suspected REvil group membersA Moscow court on Saturday remanded in custody three more suspected members of the ransomware crime group REvil over illegal trafficking of funds, a day after Russia claimed it had dismantled the group at the request of the United States. Aww look at that. Russia is still being nice to the U.S when all the U.S ever does is 💩 on Russia.

May ransomware attack on JBS USA , the world's largest meat processing company.54 seconds ago Russia Busts Revil Ransomware Group on US Request, Arrests 14 Members Russian law enforcement agencies have dismantled the notorious hacking group Revil, believed to be behind ransomware attacks in the U.The hacker group sought by Washington has been dismantled and the United States has been informed of the steps taken by Russia, the FSB said on its website.An unprecedented attack by the group targeting the US software firm Kaseya affected an estimated 1,500 businesses in July last year.

Earlier this year, REvil reportedly demanded $50 million from Apple ahead of its product launch after hacking one of its suppliers, Quanta Computer. Associates of the criminal ransomware group have been linked to the May shut down of Colonial Pipeline , the nation's largest oil producer. involving cryptocurrency. The FSB's announcement came as Ukraine scrambled to respond to a cyber attack shutting down its public-facing government websites, including the homepage for the Foreign Ministry, which temporarily displayed a message warning Ukrainians to"be afraid and expect the worst.." Ukraine's security service ,"there are some signs of involvement [by] hacker groups associated with the Russian secret services. Russia’s FSB Hits Cybercrime Group Revil On Friday, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) announced it has conducted raids against Revil in the capital Moscow, St."  The FSB claimed those arrested Friday, had"developed malicious software and organized the theft of funds from the bank accounts of foreign citizens and cashed them out, including by purchasing expensive goods on the Internet..

" "As a result of the joint actions of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, the organized criminal group ceased to exist," the statement boasted. Law enforcement officers searched 25 addresses and detained 14 alleged members of the organized crime group.com Register The U. The White House acknowledged, Friday, that one of the hackers arrested had been involved in the Colonial Pipeline incident.  "We understand that one of the individuals who was arrested today was responsible for the attack against Colonial Pipeline last spring," a senior administration official briefed reporters, Friday.6 million) including cryptocurrency, $600,000 and €500,000, as well as crypto wallets, computer equipment used to commit crimes, and 20 high-end vehicles purchased with money obtained from criminal activities were seized, the FSB detailed in a press release, emphasizing: As a result of the joint actions of the FSB and the MVD, the organized criminal community ceased to exist, the information infrastructure used for criminal purposes was neutralized."We're committed to seeing those conducting ransomware attacks against Americans brought to justice. A source familiar with the case told Interfax that the group's members with Russian citizenship would not be handed over to the United States." The FSB also handed out footage depicting agents raiding homes, tackling suspects to the floor, handcuffing individuals with blurred-out faces and sorting through stacks of Russian rubles. Russian officials claim to have “established the full composition” of Revil and the involvement of its members in the “illegal circulation of means of payment and documented illegal activities. A source familiar with the case told Interfax that the group's members with Russian citizenship would not be handed over to the United States.

Suspected REvil hacker Roman Muromsky, 33, has been detained following the raids, though it's unclear if the former leader of cybercriminal gang EvilCorp appears in the handout video. Moscow's Tverskoi District Court has placed the Muromsky, a Russian national suspected of illegal trafficking of means of payment, in custody for two months.S. Meatpacker JBS SA (JBSS3. "The court has granted the motion from the investigation to select two-month custody until March 13 as a measure of restraint for Roman Gennadyevich Muromsky," court spokesperson Kseniya Rozina said Friday. The court has also jailed Andrei Bessonov, Russian news agencies reported, Friday. The Russian Interfax news agency reported that the Tverskoy Court of Moscow has held two Russians in custody until March 13 — Roman Muromsky, a 33-year-old entrepreneur and web developer with no previous convictions, and Andrei Bessonov, alleged Revil hacker. But Russia won't extradite to the U. Moscow is demanding Western guarantees including that NATO will not expand further. The Kaseya attack, which was reported on July 2, shut down a major Swedish supermarket chain and ricocheted around the world, impacting businesses in at least 17 countries, from pharmacies to gas stations, as well as dozens of New Zealand kindergartens.

S. 187 — “Illegal circulation of means of payment” — of Russia’s Criminal Code. those members of the REvil hacker group who have Russian citizenship, a knowledgeable source told Interfax Friday.  "The law of the Russian Federation prohibits extradition of Russian citizens to a foreign state," the source said, without specifying whether all the detained hackers were Russian nationals. Revil has been blamed for high-profile.com Register Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Jon Boyle and Alison Williams Our Standards: More from Reuters Daily Briefing Subscribe to our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox. In their statement, the FSB said Friday's investigation came at"the request of competent US authorities," who were later"informed about the results of the operation." The U.

S.-Russia collaboration marks a bright spot in an otherwise tense moment for the two countries, following a week of failed diplomatic efforts to curb Russia's military buildup bordering on Ukraine. As Ukraine's communication intelligence service responds to the cyberattacks targeting as many as 70 of its websites, U.S. and Ukrainian officials tell CBS News that the Kremlin is actively preparing the battlefield by using information warfare.

  "These arrests are another example of the significant actions taken by the United States to curb the multifaceted extortion crisis. Threat actors are reevaluating whether they should continue their criminal activities in light of the arrests and indictments," Charles Carmakal, SVP and CTO of Mandiant told CBS News. "Still, the timing is strange here," Ken Westin, Director of Security Strategy for Cybereason cautioned, in an interview with CBS News. The Russian-led raids"could be a smokescreen or red herring." "Taking down a ransomware leader is like cutting the head off a hydra," Westin added.

"New leaders will step in to fill the void. The relationship between ransomware gangs and Russian APT groups are well known and the true actors behind these groups will continue to operate with impunity." On Thursday, prior to public reports of the Russian-led REvil operation, U.S. Secret Service cyber chief Jeremy Sheridan told the Washington Post that ransomware criminal actors often mature, evolve or adjust, reappearing under different facades.

"With these small groups working with illicit exchanges, there's an expression that a colleague of mine uses," Sheridan said."It's the same 200 people chasing the same 200 people. There are certainly the influx of new actors in this space. But a lot of times what we see with a new variant or a new cyberattack, it's the same developers who have just changed their technology to some degree." Last summer, the State Department offered a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of key REvil group leaders.

In November, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced seizure of more than $6 million in cryptocurrency after REvil leader and Russian national Yevgeniy Igorevich Polyanin, scooped up $13 million from ransomware victims. The suspected"author" of the REVIL ransomware, Polyanin, has been charged with 14 counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer, and money laundering. CBS News has reached out to the Department of Justice, FBI and National Security Council  for comment.  Margaret Brennan, Arden Farhi, Dan Patterson and Rob Legare contributed to this report.  Trending News .