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US News Russia announces dismantling the Cybercriminal Group

23:12  14 january  2022
23:12  14 january  2022 Source:   liberation.fr

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La question cyber avait été au cœur de la rencontre, en juin à Genève, entre Joe Biden et Vladimir Poutine. © Patrick Semansky The Cyber ​​question had been at the heart of the meeting in June in Geneva, between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.

of the art of bringing down the tension a little? While Western countries accuse the Kremlin to plan a new invasion of Ukraine and that the discussions between Washington and Moscow are particularly stormy , the Russian domestic security department, the FSB, announced Friday having dismantled the Cybercriminal revil group. , and at the request of the American authorities. According to the FSB, searches targeted 14 people and 25 addresses in five regions of the country, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, and allowed to seize the equivalent of 426 million rubles (4.9 million euros). , including cryptomonator portfolios, and twenty luxury cars.

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The Russian authorities also announce several arrests and charges, without specifying the number. Revil is one of the leading growth operators, malware that encrypt (or "encrypt" their victims' data and require a payment to unlock them.

At the heart of the bilateral dialogue

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"Restituate in the context of Russian-American negotiations" around Ukraine, therefore, but also in the bilateral dialogue between the two powers, Pointe Julien Nocetti, researcher Associated with the French Institute of International Relations and the Geode Center. The Cyber ​​Question had indeed been at the heart of the meeting, in June in Geneva, between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, Washington more and more vividly reproaching Moscow to initiate computer attacks or let their authors do operating since Russian territory.

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In this context, the announcement of the dismantling of Revil is a way for Russia of

"Giving Gages" on this ground, continues Julien NoCetti. Appeared in 2019, the ranks was used in particular against the American subsidiary of the Brazilian giant of JBS meat; His designers also claimed in July a so-called "supply chain" attack against the IT solutions supplier Kaseya, who ended the hundreds of companies at the end of the chain. Suspected of a long time to operate since Russia, Revil was clearly in the viewfinder of the US authorities, and had undergone a first large setback in November with the arrest of seven people in several countries. "Mastering the tempo"

"Russia is always trying to control the diplomatic tempo, including letting go", points out Julien NoCetti. The announcement of the FSB also intervenes, while several Ukrainian government sites have undergone, in the night of Thursday to Friday, a cyber attack that the authorities of the country qualify for "massive" while claiming that it did result in No leakage of personal data or modification of the content of the target websites, except the replacement of their homepage.

According to the Ukrainian Computer Incident Response Center, perpetrators may have benefited from a fault in the content management system used by these websites: an operation of low technicality, within reach, therefore, very many actors. Still, in the context of very strong tensions between Ukraine and Russia, and in the light of previous years, the eyes have earlier to turn to Moscow. In any case, the announcement of the stop taken at Revil is appointed.

Lead 1-Russia excludes any concession under the pressure of the United States .
Russia-USA / Security (Lead 1): Lead 1-Russia excludes any concession under the pressure of the United States (updated with Antony Blinken and Background) Moscow, January 9 (Reuters) - Russia said Sunday that it would not do any concession under the US pressure in the future discussions on the Ukrainian crisis and the requests of Moscow on safe guarantees , reported the RIA news agency. According to the RIA Agency, Russia believes that there is a risk that discussions can stop quickly.

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