Operational for years, REvil is concerned in attacking excessive-tech firms by introducing malicious software program, encrypting info and extorting cash for its decryption.
According to Russia’s Interfax news service, the home safety company, the FSB, has arrested quite a few members of the REvil hacking group at the request of the US authorities.
The FSB additionally seized 426 million rubles ($5.6 million) in a raid in opposition to 14 members of the group, together with greater than $600,000 price 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 full composition of the REvil criminal community and the involvement of its members in the illegal circulation of means of payment, and documentation of illegal activities has been carried out,” the intelligence service was quoted as saying within the report on Friday.
The company additionally seized laptop gear and crypto wallets used to commit crimes.
“Representatives of the competent US authorities have been informed about the results of the operation,” the company stated.
The Joe Biden administration has been calling on Russia to crack down on ransomware gangs working inside the nation.
REvil hackers had been linked to the large ransomware assault in opposition to Colonial Pipeline within the US in May 2021.
REvil was additionally behind a cyberattack in opposition to meat provider JBS, additionally in May, which shut down the corporate’s meat processing vegetation throughout the US.
The second quarter of 2021 was a vibrant quarter for ransomware, incomes its place as a excessive-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 ‘large cyber-assault’, shutting down a number of authorities web sites amid heightened pressure with Russia.
“It’s too early to draw conclusions, but there is a long record of Russian assaults against Ukraine,” a spokesperson for the Ukraine Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying.