U.S. officials say Washington has filed charges against two people suspected of being part of the criminal group REvil in connection with a wave of cyber-attacks, including a case that led to the temporary closure of the world’s largest meat processing plant. , as well as other attacks on businesses around the globe, over the weekend of July 4, United States Independence Day.
Attorney General Merrick Garland and other senior officials announced the charges against Ukrainian citizen Yaroslav Vasinsky and Russian citizen Yevgeniy Polyanin, who according to US authorities are suspected of being part of a criminal organization that carried out the cyber attacks, called REvil. Officials said Yaroslav Vasinskyi had recently been arrested in Poland and that the US government had managed to recover $ 6.1 million in funds illegally received from Yevgeniy Polyanin.
“The Department of Justice will spare no effort to identify and bring to justice anyone who targets the United States with a cyber attack,” Garland said.
The Treasury Department also announced sanctions against Yaroslav Vasinsky and Yevgeniy Polyan.
Also today, the US State Department has offered a reward of up to $ 10 million for anyone who provides information on the identification or whereabouts of any person at the head of a criminal group otherwise known as Sodinokibi.
On Monday, European law enforcement authorities also announced that they would arrest two other people in Romania suspected of having links to REvil.
The arrests are part of an investigation by law enforcement agencies called GoldDust that includes the United States and 16 other countries. REvil, also known as Sodinokibi, is suspected of being linked in recent months to cyberattacks targeting the world’s largest meat processor, JBS SA, as well as an attack on several businesses over the fourth weekend of July. worldwide./VOA
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