Members of the REvil ransomware gang have been taken down by Russian authorities Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).
In a joint operation carried out by FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, the action was taken on nearly 25 properties across several regions in Russia which includes Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Lipetsk, linked to 14 members of the REvil ransomware group.
Several members belonging to the REvil ransomware gang have been detained and charged. FSB in a statement said, they also seized computer equipment along with cryptocurrency and crypto wallets, over 426 million rubles, $600,000 US dollars, and Є500,000 in Euros. 20 luxury cars bought with the money obtained from ransomware attacks have also been seized in the operation.
The raids have been carried out on requests from the United States, a major victim of the ransomware attacks by REvil. There has been action taken against the REvil gang earlier too, though this is the first time the Russian authorities have taken action against the group.
The group has been involved in many other hacking incidents earlier such as the Kaseya attack and the JBS food supplier attack. There has been a surge in ransomware attacks on hospitals and healthcare services, energy suppliers, and local governments, preventing people from being able to access vital services they need.
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