Organizers of ransomware detained in Ukraine
Under the auspices of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT), Ukrainian law enforcement agencies managed to identify two major organizers of ransomware viruses who received millions of dollars in cryptocurrency equivalent.
The coordinated actions of the FBI, the French National Gendarmerie, the National Police of Ukraine, led by curators from Europol and Interpol, led to the arrest of two attackers who organized a ransomware attack with demands for ransom in cryptocurrencies in the amount of $5.8 to $81.3 million dollars.
As a result of two arrests and seven searches of property, law enforcement officers seized $375,000 in cash from the fraudsters, several cars worth more than $252,000, and froze about $1.3 million.
The organizers of the criminal group were accused of deliberate attacks on industrial enterprises located in North America and Europe, starting in the spring of 2020. Attackers loaded malware into corporate computer systems, stealing confidential data from them, and then encrypted files and demanded a ransom in exchange for restoring enterprises to work. Even after the capture, the exact name of the extortionist group was not disclosed.
Six French investigators, four FBI agents, two Europol officials, and one Interpol officer traveled to Ukraine to draw up an interception plan with the Ukrainian National Police. Before the capture, 12 coordination meetings were organized, and a virtual command post was prepared to ensure constant communication between the departments involved.
High-profile attacks on JBS and the Colonial Pipeline have become the last straw for US ransomware. Now their organizers are the main priority of international cooperation, and the administration of the American president intends to unite 30 allied states to work on this problem.