The U.S. indictment alleges the group believed to be linked to Russian intelligence inserted malware on computers in dozens of countries to steal more than $100 million from companies and local authorities.
The researchers said those behind the attacks include two Russian nationals, Igor Olegovich Turashev and Maksim Viktorovich Yakubets, indicted in the United States in December for their involvement in an entity known as Evil Corp which is accused of hacking U.S. and British banks.
The attackers had breached the networks of targeted organizations and were in the process of laying the groundwork for staging ransomware attacks.”
WASHINGTON — Russia-based hackers are stepping up ransomware attacks against major US firms seeking to cripple computer networks if their demands for millions of dollars are not met, security researchers are warning.
Sergey Medvedev, 33, has previously been described as a co-administrator of the Infraud Organization, an online network that stole and sold credit card and other personal identity data, causing $530 million in losses, according to U.S. authorities.
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