Russia announced on Friday that it had dismantled the most dangerous hacker group “Revell” in terms of ransomware, at the request of the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden expressed their desire to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against cybercrime, against the backdrop of repeated crises and accusations against Moscow in this regard during a summit held in June.
The Russian Federal Security Service said today in a statement that after an operation conducted by the Russian security services and the Russian police, “the existence of this organized criminal group has been put to an end”.
He added that the searches were carried out “at the request of the competent American authorities”, targeting 14 people and 25 addresses. in five Russian regions, in in particular the capital, Moscow and St. Petersburg, the second largest city in the country, which allowed the seizure of the equivalent of 426 million rubles (approximately 5.6 million US dollars) and auto 20. Luxurious.
The Russian security service did not specify the number of detainees, but did broadcast the videos of the arrests.
The same source explained that the members of the group “developed harmful programs and organized the misappropriation of funds from the bank accounts of foreign citizens and spent them”.
In early July 2021, the Russian-speaking hacker group, also known as “Sudenokibi”, claimed responsibility for the ransomware attack that targeted the company. computer American Cassia.
In light of this, Joe Biden, during a phone call with Vladimir Putin, called for action to prevent attacks from Russia, otherwise the United States will take “the necessary measures”.
And in early November, European and US authorities announced the arrest of seven hackers in an international operation against “Revell” and the “Gandgrab” ransomware group.
Extortion occurs by breaking into a business or organization’s network, encrypting its data, and then demanding a ransom, usually paid in cryptocurrency, in change a digital key to restart the network.
And cyber attacks for ransom, “ransomware” is a type of cyber attack that generates a lot of money, estimated by Interpol in billions of dollars, and it is in steadily increasing.
According to the U.S. Treasury, $ 590 million in ransoms were paid in the first quarter of 2021, compared with $ 416 million in 2020.
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