Russian federal security cracks down on REvil cybergang

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has cracked down on well-known cybercrime organisation REvil.

In a statement, the FSB said the action was at the behest of US authorities, who it said had reported the leader of REvil.

The criminal group has been implicated in a wide variety of high profile cyberattacks in 2021, including incidents which led to the shutdown of Swedish grocery store chain Coop and US-based meat supplier JBS.

The government organisation said the crackdown, made in cooperation with the Investigation Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in St Petersburg, Moscow, Leningrad, and Lipetsk regions, was a result of a complex “investigative and operational search activities”.

The FSB said that funds were seized from 25 addresses at the places of residence of 14 members of the REvil criminal community.

The security agency said the seizure included 426 million rubles including cryptocurrency, $600,000, €500,000, as well as computer equipment, crypto wallets used to commit crimes, and 20 premium cars purchased with money obtained from cybercrime.

Members of the REvil group were charged with committing crimes under Part 2 of Article 187 "Illegal circulation of means of payment" of the Criminal Code of Russia according to the FSB.

The security agency said that US authorities were informed about the results of the operation.

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