Gang that stole MacBook Pro blueprints completely shut down by Russian law enforcement

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The Russian government says it has dismantled and detained criminal ransomware group REvil, which extorted Apple and launched high-profile ransomware campaigns, at the request of the United States.

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Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) announced that it and the Internal Affairs Ministry carried out a special operation to take down REvil, which was responsible for a number of high-profile ransomware attacks in 2020 and 2021.

In a press release Friday, the FSB said that the "organized criminal community has ceased to exist," and "the information infrastructure used for criminal purposes was neutralized."

REvil was sought by the U.S. government. Back in November, the U.S. State Department began offering a reward of up to $10 million for information related to REvil. The FSB said it has informed the U.S. about the results of the operation.

According to cybersecurity website vx-underground, at least 14 members of the group have been arrested at 25 locations.

The group targeted IT management firm Kaseya in 2021, impacting hundreds of companies. It demanded $70 million to end the attacks.

Additionally, the group also attempted to extort Apple with supposed leaks obtained from supply chain partner Quanta, which it subsequently published to the dark web

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  • Reply 1 of 13
    According to cybersecurity website vx-underground, at least 14 members of the group have been arrested at 25 locations.

    Just curious... how do 14 people get arrested at 25 locations?  Did they get moved during the arrest process?
    edited January 14 georgi0bloggerblogtokyojimuviclauyycbageljoeyTRAGwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 13
    mac_dogmac_dog Posts: 962member
    Guess the authorities were getting too close to the truth, so the Russian government decided to shut down that division (REvil) but not before making copies for themselves, tho. 
    viclauyycwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 13
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,471member
    According to cybersecurity website vx-underground, at least 14 members of the group have been arrested at 25 locations.

    Just curious... how do 14 people get arrested at 25 locations?  Did they get moved during the arrest process?
    The writer making it up was dyslexic?
    jeffythequickwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 13
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,947member
    According to cybersecurity website vx-underground, at least 14 members of the group have been arrested at 25 locations.

    Just curious... how do 14 people get arrested at 25 locations?  Did they get moved during the arrest process?

    LOL. Maybe 25 locations were raided, but people were found and arrested at 14 of those.
    Dogpersonjeffythequickwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 13
    GabyGaby Posts: 183member
    While no doubt welcomed by some, Anyone who is even remotely lucid will be cognisant of the fact that this comes at a very convenient time and is frankly nothing more than a token gesture, and too little too late. and won’t placate anyone but the most dim witted among us or our Governments. 


    maciekskontaktviclauyycDogpersonwatto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 6 of 13
    jdwjdw Posts: 1,035member
    14 people arrested at 25 locations.

    This sort of totally insane math is all a part of Steve Jobs' command to "Stay Foolish."  It's why I love AppleInsider.  Keep up the great work!  :D
    jeffythequickwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 13
    How do they make money? Russia does not manufacture PCs. Sell blueprints to Apple MacBook competitors like Microsoft? So the supply chain is broken?
    edited January 14
  • Reply 8 of 13
    Somebody must have paid a pretty big price to outbribe REvil. No accountability happens in Russia without payoffs involved. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 13
    Gaby said:
    While no doubt welcomed by some, Anyone who is even remotely lucid will be cognisant of the fact that this comes at a very convenient time and is frankly nothing more than a token gesture, and too little too late. and won’t placate anyone but the most dim witted among us or our Governments. 


    Exactly after conversation NATO-Russia suffered breakdown and exactly after this happened:https://therecord.media/hackers-deface-ukrainian-government-websites/
    viclauyyc
  • Reply 10 of 13
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,987member
    And we trust the Russian FSB because... I mean AppleInsider denizens are always caterwauling about the evil NSA so why would they trust the Russian FSB. Not much doubt in my mind that REvil was a state sponsored cyberattack. 
    edited January 14 watto_cobrajony0
  • Reply 11 of 13
    Why is AppleInsider publishing stolen documents?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 13
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 11,421member
    Gaby said:
    While no doubt welcomed by some, Anyone who is even remotely lucid will be cognisant of the fact that this comes at a very convenient time and is frankly nothing more than a token gesture, and too little too late. and won’t placate anyone but the most dim witted among us or our Governments. 


    Exactly after conversation NATO-Russia suffered breakdown and exactly after this happened:https://therecord.media/hackers-deface-ukrainian-government-websites/

    Ukraine will suffer far worse unless NATO stops using them as a shill to threaten the bear.  So will the U.S.

    But, I had to laugh when I read that Ukraine thinks it is safe because NATO & the U.S. trained and equipped its army.  That would be funny except that the bear is not going to tolerate having a gun (or missile) aimed at its head.
    edited January 15 watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 13
    swat671swat671 Posts: 113member
    Is it pronounced R Evil? (Like Dr. Evil?) Or reveal, because they reveled documents? 

    And, how do you arrest 14 people at 25 locations? Being Russia, I’m half expecting “we found a left hand here, a right foot over their, a nose over at that location…”
    watto_cobrajony0
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