FBI confiscated $ 2.3 million in cryptocurrencies from Russian hacker

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The US Department of Justice announced the confiscation of $ 2.3 million from Russian citizen Alexander Sikerin. He is suspected of being associated with the REvil hacker group, known for ransomware attacks.

As reported in a document from the US Department of Justice, 39.89138522 BTC was confiscated from the Exodus wallet of Alexander Sikerin on August 3. The St. Petersburg address and email address of the alleged hacker are also provided. At the same time, the hacker with the pseudonym engfog is associated with the hacker Lalartu, who participated in the operations of the REvil and GandCrab groups. Details on how exactly the FBI gained access to the hacker’s wallet are not reported.

Earlier, the US Department of Justice announced the confiscation of $ 6 million in cryptocurrencies belonging to members of the REvil group. It is not yet clear whether the assets confiscated from Sikerin are included in this $ 6 million.

Recall that the American law enforcement agencies have paid close attention to hacker groups after breaking into the largest pipeline operator in the United States, Colonial Pipeline. In July, the US authorities announced the creation of a special working group to investigate attacks and fight hackers who distribute ransomware and demand a ransom in cryptocurrencies to unlock data.

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