U.S. ‘happy’ over Russian arrest of ransomware hacker — Action News Now

Biden administration says a suspected hacker arrested in Russia responsible for colonial pipeline attack

The Biden administration is “pleased” that Russia has arrested several suspected hackers, including one allegedly behind a ransomware attack last year that caused a week-long fuel shortage.

Moscow has informed Washington of the arrests, one of whom is responsible for the May 2021 attack that paralyzed colonial pipelines, a senior administration official told reporters on Friday.

“I want to be very clear: In our view, this has nothing to do with what is happening in Russia and Ukraine. I do not represent the government’s motives, but we are satisfied with these initial actions,” According to Axios, the official said on condition of anonymity.

U.S. has been accusing Russia of planning “Invasion” Ukraine for weeks, Moscow refutes the allegations “False news.”

Earlier on Friday, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that it had carried out raids on suspected hackers in three regions of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Lipetsk after being notified by U.S. authorities of suspected criminal activity.

The arrested man is reported to be a member of REvil, a hacking group specializing in ransomware attacks, and has been accused of Attacks in June 2021 About Meat Processing Group JBS and US IT Management Platform Kasaya in July.

The Colonial Pipeline attack was initially attributed to another gang called DarkSide. The company, which operates pipelines that fuel much of the southern and eastern U.S., shut down operations for several days in May 2021 after a ransomware attack affected its automated invoicing service.

Week-long supply disruption caused by fuel shortage across several states and Washington, D.C. Colonial’s CEO Joseph Blunt later admitted he paid $4.4 million ransom say yes to hackers “Doing the right thing for the country.”

The following month, the FBI also blamed DarkSide for the attack, brag It seized about $2.3 million in bitcoin from their accounts.

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