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Russia Busts Revil Ransomware Group on US Request, Arrests 14 Members – Bitcoin News

Russian law enforcement agencies have broken up the notorious hacker group Revil, which is thought to be behind ransomware attacks in the United States involving cryptocurrencies. Although Moscow is unlikely to hand over Russian citizens to Washington, the operation was carried out at the request of the United States, despite increased geopolitical tensions between the two powers.

Russia’s FSB has hit Group Revil cybercrime

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) announced on Friday that it had carried out raids against the Revil in the capital Moscow, St. Petersburg, Leningrad and Lipetsk regions, together with the Ministry of the Interior’s Investigation Department (MVD). . Law enforcement officers searched 25 addresses and detained 14 alleged members of an organized crime group.

More than 426 million rubles ($ 5.6 million) were seized, including cryptocurrencies, € 600,000 and € 500,000, as well as cryptocurrencies, computer equipment used to commit crimes and 20 high-end vehicles purchased with the proceeds of crime. said the FSB. in a press release emphasizing:

The joint action of the FSB and the MVD destroyed the organized criminal community, and the information infrastructure used for criminal purposes was neutralized.

The FSB added that the arrested individuals had developed malicious software and organized thefts of funds from foreign bank accounts. Russian officials claim that they “established the full composition” of Revil and the involvement of its members in the “illegal circulation of means of payment and documented illegal activities.”

The US welcomes Russia’s actions against hackers

Russia’s chief law enforcement agency also said the operation was carried out at the request of US authorities, who shared information about the alleged leader of Revil and his involvement in attacks on foreign high-tech companies through malicious software used to encrypt data and recover money for their own. decryption.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that a Tver court in Moscow had detained two Russians in custody until March 13 – Roman Muromsky, a 33-year-old businessman and web developer without prior conviction, and Andrei Bessonov, the alleged hacker Revil. They have been charged with criminal offenses under Part 2 of Article 187 – “Illegal Circulation of Means of Payment” – or the Russian Criminal Code. The MVD asked the court for similar measures against the other three detainees.

Revil has been accused of high-profile cryptoware attacks in the United States, including the Colonial Pipeline, which caused a gas shortage on the U.S. East Coast last May. Its perpetrator used the ‘Darkside’ encryption software, which is believed to have been developed by the group. Another case was the attack on the world’s largest meat packaging company, JBS, according to Reuters in June.

In its announcement, the FSB noted that Russia had informed the US authorities of the results of the operation. The United States welcomed the rulings, with Reuters quoting a senior official as saying: “We understand that one of those arrested today was responsible for the attack on the Colonial Pipeline last spring. A source familiar with the investigation told Interfax that Russia was not going to extradite any Revil members with Russian citizenship to the United States.

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Lubomír Tasev

Lubomir Tassev is a technologically savvy Eastern European journalist who likes Hitchens’ quote: “Being a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.” In addition to crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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