Armed with information from the US, Russian intelligence services have arrested 14 members of the world’s most dangerous ransomware gang, REvil. Photo/BBC
According to the FSB, Russian authorities raided 25 addresses, arrested 14 people and confiscated assets worth more than $1 million: 426 million rubles, $600,000, 500,000 euros, computer equipment, crypto wallets and 20 luxury cars.
The Russia-based REvil gang has launched a series of high-profile attacks against major corporations United States of America (US) and internationally, including the July 4 attack on software company Kaseya and the May ransomware attack on JBS USA, the world’s largest meat processing company.
Earlier this year, REvil reportedly demanded $50 million from Apple prior to its product launch after hacking one of its suppliers, Quanta Computer. Affiliates of this criminal ransomware group have been linked to the May shutdown of Colonial Pipeline, the largest oil producer.
The FSB claimed those arrested had developed malicious software and orchestrated the theft of funds from the bank accounts of foreign nationals and cashing in on them, including by buying expensive items on the Internet.
“As a result of the joint actions of the FSB and the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, organized criminal groups cease to exist,” the statement read CBS News, Saturday (15/1/2022).
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In their statement, the FSB said the investigation came at the request of the competent US authorities, who were then notified of the results of the operation.