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Russia takes down hacking group at US request, intelligence says

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Russia has carried out a special operation against the criminal ransomware group REvil at the request of the United States and has arrested and charged the group’s members, the FSB’s domestic intelligence service said on Friday.

The arrests were a rare apparent show of collaboration between Russia and the United States, at a time of high tension between the two over Ukraine. The announcement came even as Ukraine responded to a massive cyberattack that shut down government websites, although there was no indication the incidents were linked.

A joint police and FSB operation raided 25 addresses, holding 14 people, the FSB said, listing the assets it had seized, including 426 million rubles, $600,000, 500,000 euros, computer equipment and 20 luxury cars.

Russia informed the United States directly of the action it had taken against the group, the FSB said on its website. The US Embassy in Moscow said it could not comment immediately.

“The investigative measures were based on a request from the … United States,” the FSB said. “…The organized criminal association has ceased to exist and the IT infrastructure used for criminal purposes has been neutralized.”

The REN television channel broadcast footage of officers raiding houses and arresting people, pinning them to the ground and seizing large piles of dollars and Russian roubles.

The members of the group have been charged and face up to seven years in prison.

A source familiar with the matter told Interfax that members of the group with Russian nationality would not be handed over to the United States.

The United States said in November it was offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that could identify or locate anyone in a key position within the REvil group.

The United States has been hit by a series of high-profile hacks by cybercriminals seeking ransom. A source with direct knowledge of the case told Reuters in June that REvil was suspected of being the group behind a ransomware attack against the world’s largest meatpacking company, JBS SA.

Washington has repeatedly accused the Russian state in the past of malicious internet activity, which Moscow denies.

Russia’s announcement came amid a standoff between the United States and Russia. Moscow demands Western security guarantees, including that NATO will not expand further. He also reinforced his troops near Ukraine.

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