Russia's FSB announces sting against members of REvil cybercrime gang

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Jan 14, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The Russian government said Friday that it raided multiple addresses tied to members of the REvil ransomware gang, making arrests and seizing hard cash, cryptocurrency, computers and cars.

The Federal Security Service, or FSB, said it executed the sting at locations in Moscow, St. Petersburg and elsewhere. The operation came at the request of the United States, the FSB said. The FBI did not immediately respond Friday morning to requests for comment.

“Representatives of the competent US authorities were informed about the results of the operation,” the FSB said, according to a translation of its news release.

The U.S. has reportedly passed along to Russia the names of hackers within its borders who have been behind active attacks on America, hoping it would lead to a Russian crackdown. Russian President Vladimir Putin said last summer that his country had agreed to enter into “consultations” on cybersecurity with the U.S., but shared no specifics.

Russian state-owned news outlet TASS posted video on YouTube that it said was of the arrests.

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REvil, one of the most aggressive and successful Russia-based cybercrime groups, had been under pressure from global law enforcement

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