Written by Tonya Riley
The FBI seized about $ 2.3 million worth of cryptocurrencies from a hacker linked to ransomware gang REvil in August, according to one Legal proceedings unsealed Tuesday.
The money seized came from payments for ransomware attacks in which REvil malware between April 2019 and June 2021 in the US and elsewhere. According to the FBI, REvil subsidiaries generated around $ 200 million in ransom payments during that time. The attacks were allegedly carried out by Aleksandr Sikerin, who is charged with multiple conspiracies and money laundering.
Beeping computer reported first on the court records.
It’s unclear whether the seizure was related to that US actions in November, Officials seized $ 6 million in ransom money from suspected Russian hacker Yevgeniy Polyanin. Authorities also arrested Yaroslav Vasinksyi arrested, a 22-year-old Ukrainian national, upon entering Poland. Vasinskyi is alleged to have been involved in the July REvil attack against Florida-based IT company Kaseya. Kaseya appreciated that the attack injured up to 1500 of its customers.
“When I met with President Putin in June, I made it clear that the United States would take steps to hold cybercriminals accountable,” President Joe Biden said in a statement at the time. “We did that today.”
The FBI has not responded to multiple requests for comments from CyberScoop. Court documents do not link Sikerin to any particular ransomware attack.
REvil was one of the most popular types of ransomware mentioned in ransomware-related activity in 2021 according to an October report by the Treasury Department. REvils blackmail website got dark in July although experts suspect members of the group may now operate under the BlackMatter cloak. Black matter also claimed to be closed At the beginning of November under pressure from law enforcement authorities.
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