The FBI and Justice Department unsealed indictments today leveling a number of charges against 31-year-old Canadian Matthew Philbert for his alleged involvement in several ransomware attacks.
Officials from the Ontario Provincial Police held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the charges and Philbert’s arrest in Ottawa.
In a statement, US Attorney Bryan Wilson of the District of Alaska said Philbert “conspired with others known and unknown to the United States to damage computers, and in the course of that conspiracy did damage a computer belonging to the State of Alaska in April 2018.” Wilson and Canadian officials noted that they received help in the case from Dutch authorities and Europol.
Canadian officials also announced charges against Philbert, noting that he had been arrested on November 30. The officials did not say which ransomware group Philbert was part of or what attacks he was responsible for.
“Cyber criminals are opportunistic and will target any business or individual they identify as vulnerable,” said Ontario Provincial Police deputy commissioner Chuck Cox.
Among the charges Philbert is facing are one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and another count of fraud and related activity in connection with computers.
During the press conference, Cox said the FBI contacted