Alleged hacker behind Kaseya ransomware attack extradited, arraigned in Texas

Yaroslav Vasinskyi, accused of being connected to the Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware group, was extradited and arraigned in a Dallas, Texas court on Wednesday. 

In November, the Justice Department said the 22-year-old was behind the July 2021 ransomware attack against Kaseya, which crippled hundreds of companies around the world for days. 

CyberScoop reported in November that Vasinskyi was arrested at a border crossing in Dorohusk — a Polish-Ukrainian border town — on October 8. Vasinskyi made his first appearance and was arraigned today in the Northern District of Texas.

“When last year I announced charges against members of the Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware group, I made clear that the Justice Department will spare no resource in identifying and bringing to justice transnational cybercriminals who target the American people,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland. 

“Just eight months after committing his alleged ransomware attack on Kaseya from overseas, this defendant has arrived in a Dallas courtroom to face justice,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco. 

The DOJ said Vasinskyi was brought to Dallas on March 3.

According to an indictment from August, Vasinskyi was responsible for the attack on Kaseya as well as several other companies. REvil was also accused of being responsible for the ransomware attack against food supplier JBS, which paid $11 million

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