Friday, December 3

They arrest a leader of cyberattacks with bitcoin and request his extradition to the United States.

Key facts:
  • The alleged hacker was arrested on Polish territory by police forces.

  • The US identified another top REvil member named Yevgeniy Polyanin.

“Cybercrime is a serious threat to our country: to our personal safety, to the health of our economy and to our national security.” These were the words of the United States Attorney General, Merrick B. Garland, when he announced the capture of a leader of the hacking group known as REvil.

The prosecutor reported that the Polish police forces detained at the request of the United States to Yaroslav Vasinskyi, who would be one of the main members of REvil, on October 8.

Vasinskyi is accused of conspire to commit intentional harm to protected computers and extort money in connection with such damage, as well as conspire to commit money laundering.

Additionally, Garland said that They requested the extradition of the alleged hacker to the United States, based on an agreement they have with the European country.

Cybercriminals prefer bitcoin

Ransomware attack groups such as REvil are characterized by extorting and requesting payments in bitcoin (BTC), or privacy-based cryptocurrencies like monero (XMR). One such attack was suffered by Miami-based technology company Kaseya on July 2.

On that occasion, the REvil group asked $ 70 million in bitcoin to release the stolen information, as reported by CriptoNoticias. Days later, it was announced that the company received a universal key to decode company data and public organizations that were affected.

The advance of the United States against cyber criminal groups is framed in a decision by the current president of that country, Joe Biden, to give a priority similar to that of terrorist activities.

Likewise, the US authorities opened a rewards program offering up to $ 10 million for information that “leads to the identification or location of any person occupying a key leadership position” in the hacker group.

US seized $ 6 million ransomware attacks

Prosecutor Garland assured that his country not only persecutes the people behind the attacks, but that They will also recover the funds that are in the possession of the hackersto return them to their rightful owners, whenever they can.

The US Treasury Department acknowledged that US $ 590 million has been paid in that country for ramsonware attacks, in the first half of 2021.

In that sense, he revealed that they identified another alleged member of REvil. This is the Russian citizen Yevgeniy Polyanin, whom USD 6 million were confiscated , proceeds of the ransom proceeds from an alleged ransomware attack.

The seizure was made following the sanction of the cryptocurrency exchange Chatex, located in Latvia, which would have facilitated the laundering of digital assetsfrom attacks with multiple ransomware variants, according the United States Department of the Treasury.

Against Polyanin there is already a formal accusation by the United States. The alleged hacker is blamed for carrying out 3,000 ransomware attacks, affecting companies and entities in that country.

US authorities acknowledged that $ 590 million was paid for ransomware attacks in the first half of 2021.

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