US charges 2, seizes more than $6 million as part of dragnet against REvil ransomware gang

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Nov 8, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

The U.S. government announced a sweeping set of actions Monday targeting alleged REvil ransomware attackers in Europe, including an arrest, an indictment, seizure of more than $6 million in stolen money, and new sanctions against a cryptocurrency exchange service and companies that support it.

Yaroslav Vasinksyi, 22 a Ukrainian national, was arrested Oct. 8 as he crossed the border into Poland at the behest of US authorities, CyberScoop first reported Nov. 2. Vaskinskyi is accused of writing the code behind REvil malware, also known as Sodinokibi, which has become among the most virulent ransomware strains in use. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the malware has been “deployed” against roughly 175,000 computers worldwide, generating at least $200 million in extortion fees.

U.S. officials also announced criminal charges against Yevgeniy Polyanin, a Russian national. Along with the charges of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with computers, intentional damage to a protected computer, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, officials also seized $6.1 million from Polyanin, as CNN first reported. Polyanin conducted roughly 3,000 ransomware attacks against organizations including law enforcement agencies and municipalities, and extorting roughly $13 million from his

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