Russia arrests REvil ransomware gang sought by US
The official said the administration did not believe the arrests were related to Russia’s apparent preparations to invade Ukraine. But, the official added, “we have also been very clear: If Russia further invades Ukraine, we will impose severe costs on Russia in coordination with our allies and partners.”
Analysts nonetheless said that the arrests, while significant, seem aimed at sending a signal that such cooperation would cease if the United States and Western allies impose sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“The timing here is not an accident,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, chairman of the Silverado Policy Accelerator think tank.
The arrests also set an important precedent with Moscow admitting for the first time that "major ransomware criminals reside in Russia,” he said.
The administration official did …
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