DOJ charges and sanctions REvil leaders behind Kaseya attack, seizes $6 million in ransoms

US officials from the Justice Department, Treasury and FBI announced a slate of actions taken against some of the leaders of the REvil ransomware group as well as sanctions against organizations helping groups launder illicit funds.

At a press conference on Monday, US attorney general Merrick Garland announced indictments of 22-year-old Ukranian Yaroslav Vasinskyi and Russian Yevgeniy Polyanin for their involvement in REvil’s operations. Vasinskyi was arrested in Poland last month and is now facing charges for the attack on Kaseya that infected more than 1,000 companies with ransomware this summer.

Garland said that Vasinskyi — who went by the name “Robotnik” online — was one of the masterminds behind the REvil ransomware and is facing extradition after being arrested by Polish authorities on October 8. Garland added that while Polyanin has not been arrested, he was also hit with a litany of hacking-related charges and had $6.1 million in ransom payments seized by law enforcement agencies. 

According to the DOJ, in addition to the headlining attacks on Kaseya and JBS, REvil is responsible for deploying its ransomware on more than 175,000 computers. The group has allegedly brought in at least $200 million from ransoms. Garland noted that Polyanin has been tied to

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