The United States administration welcomes the FSB’s arrest of the REvil hacker group that used ransomware. This was stated by the official representative of the US administration on Friday, January 14.
So. one of the hackers detained after the appeal of the United States was involved in the hacking of the American pipeline company Colonial Pipeline, reports Axios.
According to an administration official, the United States does not link the activities of the group and its arrest to what is happening now between Russia and Ukraine.
On January 14, 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. REvil gained notoriety in the West after being accused of a large-scale cyberattack on American companies.
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.