REvil prosecutions reach a 'dead end,' Russian media reports

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May 27, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The Russian government’s prosecution of the REvil suspects arrested in January has stalled due to a lack of U.S. cooperation, a lawyer for one of the suspects told a Russian media outlet Friday.

The claim comes after senior Russian government officials said publicly over the last two months that communication between the U.S. and Russian governments on cybersecurity matters was cut off in the wake of the Russian military attack on Ukraine, and that the U.S. government had not shared sufficient information to fully prosecute the defendants.

The Russian government arrested multiple REvil ransomware crew suspects Jan. 14 as part of what was described as a “joint operation” with U.S. officials. Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, said it seized 426 million rubles, $600,000 and 500,000 euros, as well as “20 premium cars” as part of the operation.

The money seized from the hackers should be donated as “humanitarian aid” to people living in the Russian-occupied areas of eastern Ukraine and the hackers should be released to work for Russian security services, Igor Vagin, an attorney in the case, told Russian state news outlet Kommersant Friday.


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