Russia shuts down REvil ransomware group as Ukraine tensions grow

Russia shuts down REvil ransomware group as Ukraine tensions grow


Russia has arrested and charged several members of the ransomware crime group REvil at the request of the United States, authorities announced Friday amid growing tensions between the two Cold War adversaries over Ukraine. 

Russia’s FSB intelligence bureau said REvil “has ceased to exist,” but there was no indication that any of the suspects would be extradited to the US.

Officials said the investigation stemmed from an American request, with the arrests coming two months after federal officials in Washington offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the identification or location of REvil members.

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FSB worked with local police to search 25 addresses, the bureau revealed, adding that it detained 14 people and seized assets including 426 million rubles; $600,000;

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