DOJ charges two alleged REvil associates, seizes $6.1M

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday unsealed charges against two foreign nationals alleged to be part of the notorious REvil ransomware group that targeted Apple supplier Quanta earlier this year.Ukrainian national Yaroslav Vasinskyi, 22, was taken into custody in Poland on Oct. 8 and is awaiting extradition proceedings to the U.S. in connection with multiple ransomware attacks, including the hack of IT management firm Kaseya in July.According to information released by the Justice Department, Vasinskyi allegedly used a Kaseya product to deploy malicious Sodinokibi/REvil code to customers on the company’s sprawling network. Similar to other REvil group operations, companies affected in the Kaseya incident found their local data encrypted with no means to regain access without first paying a ransom. The extortion rate was initially set at $70 million for a universal decryptor capable of unlocking systems and terminals tied to the breach. Read more…
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