In Russia, a group of REvil hackers was liquidated after a US request

FThe SB reported on the liquidation of the REvil hacker group after a request from the United States, FSB officers detained hackers in five regions of Russia at once and found almost 0.5 billion rubles and currency in their possession. The information about the hackers was passed to the Russian special services by the Americans. Biden urged Putin to take measures against hackers

A group of REvil hackers was liquidated in Russia after a request from the USA


The REvil hacker community has been liquidated in Russia, the FSB press service reported. Hackers attacked the information resources of foreign companies.

The FSB noted that the reason for the search was the appeal of the competent authorities of the United States, “who reported on the leader of the criminal community and his involvement in encroachments on the information resources of foreign high-tech companies by introducing malicious software, encrypting information and extorting money for its decryption.”

The operation took place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Leningrad and Lipetsk regions. Over 426 million rubles were seized from 14 hackers, including in cryptocurrency, $600 thousand, €500 thousand, 20 premium cars.

“As a result of the joint actions of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, the organized criminal community has ceased to exist, the information infrastructure used for criminal purposes has been neutralized. Representatives of the competent US authorities have been informed about the results of the operation,” the FSB reported.

The detainees were charged with committing crimes under Part 2 of Article 187 of the “Illegal turnover of payment funds” of the Criminal Code. Not only the hackers themselves were detained, but also the infrastructure they used was neutralized, the FSB clarified.

Cybersecurity was one of the topics of the summit of Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden in Geneva in June 2021. After the talks, Biden said that the presidents agreed to work out which targets should not be subjected to cyber attacks. He said that he had offered Putin a list of 16 infrastructure sectors against which hacker attacks would be prohibited.

Putin, in turn, said after the summit that, according to American sources, most of the cyberattacks in the world come from the United States.

In July 2021, Biden, during a telephone conversation with Putin, called on Russia to take measures to curb the activities of hackers operating on its territory, and stressed that he was determined to continue fighting the broader threat posed by ransomware. The US President promised that Washington would take the necessary measures “to protect its people and its critical infrastructure in the face of an ongoing challenge.”

The Kremlin then reported that Putin had declared Russia’s readiness to jointly suppress criminal manifestations in the information space, but there had been no such appeals from American agencies in the last month.

In 2021, several major cyberattacks were carried out on US enterprises and companies, which led to their shutdown. One of the most high-profile attacks on the largest pipeline network on the east coast of the United States for the supply of gasoline, diesel fuel and other petroleum products, the Colonial Pipeline. Pumping of petroleum products was stopped for several days. In June 2021, in the USA, all the factories of the largest meat producer of JBS S.A. stood up due to a cyber attack.

Often, these attacks in the United States were associated with “Russian hackers”. So the FBI reported that cyberattacks on the branches of the world’s largest meat producer JBS were organized by the hacker group REvil, also known as Sodinokibi. In November 2021, the US Treasury imposed sanctions against Russian citizen Yevgeny Polyanin and Ukrainian citizen Yaroslav Vasinsky. The department stated that Polyanin and Vasinsky are directly related to the hacker group REvil.

In April 2021, the Taiwanese company Quanta Computer, one of Apple’s main suppliers, was attacked by REvil. As Bloomberg reported, hackers introduced a ransomware program and demanded to pay them $ 50 million. REvil tried to get money from Apple, saying that after hacking Quanta Computer, hackers gained access to the latest developments of the company, which they threatened to publish.

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