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Russia says it has shut down notorious REvil ransomware group



The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has apprehended members of REvil, a ransomware group that was responsible for a slew of cyberattacks in the United States last year, including the Kaseya attack, according to a statement from the agency. During the arrest, the FSB seized millions of dollars in cash and property, as well as other valuables.


According to a machine translation of the announcement, the FSB conducted raids at 25 addresses belonging to 14 individuals. Over the course of the raids, the police seized approximately 426 million rubles (approximately $5.6 million), $600 thousand dollars (US), 500,000 euros (European Union), computers, cryptocurrency wallets, and 20 automobiles. The suspects were charged with "illegal payment instrument circulation" by the Federal Security Service (FSB).


The raids were carried out at the request of US authorities in response to a tip about a member of the terrorist organization. That section of the FSB announcement could be a reference to Operation GoldDust, in which Romanian police arrested two people suspected of having ties to REvil in November, according to some speculation. In October, German authorities claimed that they had apprehended a REvil member who was vacationing in the Mediterranean at the time.


Last summer, the ransomware software developed by REvil was used to launch a cyberattack on the business platform Kaseya, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars for hundreds of businesses across the United States. Immediately following that, President Joe Biden stated unequivocally that he desired the Russian government to take action against the activities of Russian-based gangs such as REvil. Russia is accused of turning a blind eye to the criminal activities of the gangs in exchange for their promise to refrain from attacking Russian citizens.


In connection with the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, which was perpetrated by another ransomware group – DarkSide – according to a US official, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FSB) apprehended a single individual. It's possible that the individual worked for both DarkSide and REvil.


The announcement by the FSB comes on the heels of an attack on Ukrainian government servers. Despite the fact that no one has claimed responsibility for the cyberattack, it occurred amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, which the Ukrainian government believes will begin with cyberattacks on the country's critical infrastructure infrastructure. The Russian army has amassed more than 100,000 soldiers near the Ukrainian border at the moment.

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