An international investigation has handled a room in the face of hackers behind thousands of cyber attacks using ransomware..
Operation Gold Dust covers 17 countries, including the United States, Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Canada, as well as Interpol, Europol and Eurojust, an EU agency involved in judicial cooperation..
On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department announced the arrest in Poland of a Ukrainian man suspected of being behind cyber attacks, including a major attack on the US service provider Ghazia..
Hundreds of companies in the United States and other countries were attacked by ransomware via the Cassia vulnerability in early July..
Meanwhile, European police and Eurojust announced the arrest of two men in Romania for using the same R-evil plan to carry out cyber attacks..
The suspects are accused of carrying out about 7,000 attacks against companies and organizations, in which programs were used to block the contents of those companies’ computers, so that the attackers receive a ransom in exchange for ending the blockade. They are said to have been able to earn millions of euros.
Two EU agencies had earlier announced the arrests of five in other countries.
Eurojust said the cyber-attacks targeted various organizations, including businesses, local governments, hospitals, schools, universities and courts..
According to Eurojust, the French, German, Romanian and Swiss teams were at the center of European action..
Interpol said other arrests in Kuwait and South Korea were linked to intelligence sharing through the operation.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said $ 200 million has so far been recovered in attacks using R-evil.“.
Garland said the United States had demanded the extradition of the 22-year-old Ukrainian and that he had been arrested after entering Poland..
He said $ 6.1 million allegedly stolen by a Russian hacker with the “R-Evil” program had been seized by the U.S. judiciary and that he had been accused of hitting about 3,000 targets with ransomware..
On Monday, the US State Department rewarded $ 1 million for information leading to the identification or arrest of leaders of the “R Evil” group or anyone involved in the attacks..
After a similar reward a few days ago it was linked to an electronic hacking group called the “Dark Side”, which the United States believes was behind the attack on America’s largest fuel pipeline, which led to the temporary shutdown of operations..
Hackers hacked into the pipeline company’s computer network and demanded the recovery of millions of dollars paid by the company..
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