Investigators of the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation are asking to arrest three more alleged members of the REvil hacker group. This was announced on Saturday, January 15, by the press secretary of the Tverskoy Court of Moscow, Ksenia Rozina.
“The court received a petition to select a measure of restraint in the form of detention for up to two months in respect of R. Khansvyarov, A. Zaits and M. Golovchuk,” she told Interfax.
On January 14, the Tver court of the capital arrested a hacker from the REvil group, who is suspected of spreading ransomware viruses. The suspect will be under arrest for two months, until March 13, 2022. He is charged with Part 2 of Art. 187 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Illegal turnover of means of payment”).
On the same day, a second alleged member of REvil was arrested. The accused will also remain under arrest until March 13.
On Friday, the FSB stopped the activities of the REvil criminal community, whose members were engaged in stealing money using malicious software.
The basis for the search activities was the appeal of the competent authorities of the United States. It is noted that the FSB has established the full composition of the REvil criminal community and the involvement of its members in the illegal circulation of funds. According to the department, members of REvil developed malicious software, organized the theft of money from the bank accounts of foreign citizens and their cashing out.
More than 426 million rubles were seized at the addresses of the members of the criminal community, including in cryptocurrency, $600 thousand, €500 thousand, as well as crypto wallets and computer equipment.
Commenting on the FSB operation, Sergey Redhunt, an independent information security researcher and author of the Russian OSINT project, told Izvestia that the REvil hacker criminal community is unlikely to resume its activities.