The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation announced the “suppression of illegal activities” of the hacker group REvil, known for ransomware attacks.
An article on the official website of the FSB of the Russian Federation notes that the raids were carried out jointly with the Investigation Department of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as the Moscow, Leningrad and Lipetsk regions. Raids were carried out on 25 addresses belonging to 14 members of the hacker group.
The operatives managed to confiscate more than 426 million rubles, including in cryptocurrency, 600,000 US dollars and 500,000 euros. 20 premium cars, computer equipment and hardware cryptocurrency wallets were also confiscated.
The arrested hackers were charged under Part 2 of Art. 187 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Illegal circulation of means of payment”. Most likely, other charges will be brought against them during the investigation.
According to the FSB, after the raids, the criminal group ceased to exist, and the infrastructure for carrying out hacker attacks was neutralized. US law enforcement agencies were also informed about the operation.
Previously, REvil hackers demanded a ransom from Apple in XMR for stolen device blueprints. In the middle of last summer, hackers broke into the networks of at least 200 American companies, and they demanded $70 million in bitcoins from Kaseya.
In early December, the FBI confiscated 39 BTC from Alexander Sikerin, a Russian citizen who is suspected of being associated with the REvil group.