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Russia dismantles a hacking group at the request of the United States

Russia dismantles a hacking group at the request of the United States

Moscow: Russia announced Friday that it had dismantled the most dangerous hacking group “Revell” in terms of ransomware, at the request of the United States.

During a summit held in June, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden expressed their desire to strengthen their cooperation in combating cybercrime, against the backdrop of repeated crises and accusations against Moscow in this regard.

The Federal Security Service said in a statement that the operation, which was carried out by the Russian security services and the Russian police, “put an end to the presence of this organized criminal group,” adding that searches were carried out “at the request of the competent American authorities” targeting 14 people and 25 addresses in five Russian regions, most notably the capital. Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the second city in the country, allowed the seizure of the equivalent of 426 million rubles (about 4.8 million euros) and 20 luxury cars.

The FSB did not specify the number of detainees, but it broadcast videos of the arrests.

The same source explained that the members of the group “developed malware and organized the embezzlement of funds from bank accounts of foreign citizens and spent them.”

In Washington, a US official praised the arrests, but separated the issue from tensions in Ukraine. “I want to be very clear,” the official told reporters, on condition of anonymity. In our minds, this is not about what is happening with Russia and Ukraine.”

“I am not talking about the Kremlin’s motives, but we are happy with these preliminary measures,” she added. “We have also been very clear, if Russia invades Ukraine again … we will impose a heavy price on Russia in coordination with our allies,” she added.

In early July 2021, the Russian-speaking hacking group, also known as Sudinokibi, claimed responsibility for the ransomware attack that targeted the American computer company Cassia.

In light of this, Joe Biden, during a phone call with Vladimir Putin, requested action to prevent attacks from Russia, otherwise the United States will take “necessary measures.”

In early November, European and American authorities announced the arrest of seven hackers in an international operation targeting “Revell” and the “Gandgrab” ransomware group.

Extortion occurs by breaking into the network of a company or organization, encrypting its data, and then demanding a ransom, usually paid in cryptocurrency, in exchange for a digital key to restart the network.

And ransomware attacks are a type of digital ransomware that Interpol estimates at billions of dollars, and they are constantly increasing.

According to the US Treasury, it paid $590 million in ransoms in the United States in the first quarter of 2021, compared to $416 in 2020.

(AFP)

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