Russia
17th June 2021
AP — Ukrainian police have carried out nearly two dozen raids targeting alleged associates of a Russian-speaking ransomware gang it blamed for a half billion dollars in cyberattacks and extortion that hit the United States and South Korea especially hard. A police statement on Wednesday said… Read More
16th June 2021
Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska lost a lawsuit that had challenged the basis for sanctions the U.S. imposed upon him in April 2018. In a ruling issued Sunday, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) had acted within its authority to sanction… Read More
15th June 2021
The US sanctions imposed on April 15 that bar US investors from buying Russian Ministry of Finance ruble-denominated OFZ treasury bills in primary auctions come into force on June 14. The sanctions are the first to target Russian domestic debt, but are seen as largely symbolic,… Read More
15th June 2021
Professional criminals holding businesses to ransom — often with the support of nation-states — is the key online threat facing the U.K., the country’s cyber security chief will say Monday. Lindy Cameron, who is chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, part of the spy agency GCHQ, will warn… Read More
14th June 2021
By Dejan Milovac  and Jared Ferrie, OCCRP, 11 June 2021 OCCRP — Zoran Bećirović says he’s an ordinary property developer, and he’s suing Montenegro’s two biggest newspapers and a civil society organization for years of reporting “baseless claims” against him in their coverage of his high-profile land… Read More
11th June 2021
A top American diplomat told Congress on Wednesday that the Biden administration plans to impose additional sanctions on the authoritarian regime in Belarus — a significant step as lawmakers agitate for tougher punishments against a top ally of Vladimir Putin. The U.S. effort comes amid rising tensions between Minsk and… Read More
10th June 2021
When Colonial Pipeline was hit with a ransomware attack in early May, the firm—which transports some 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel supply—shut down its operations as a precaution and paid the ransom, reportedly 75 bitcoins (about $4.4 million then). Fuel shortages ensued, and the US… Read More
8th June 2021
The Justice Department said on Monday that it had seized much of the ransom that a major U.S. pipeline operator had paid last month to a Russian hacking collective, turning the tables on the hackers by reaching into a digital wallet to snatch back millions of dollars in cryptocurrency. Investigators… Read More
4th June 2021
The U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals, a senior department official told Reuters. Internal guidance sent on Thursday to U.S. attorney’s offices across the country… Read More
1st June 2021
By Nina dos Santos, CNN, 30 May 2021 CNN — It is the biggest legal fight the art world has ever witnessed: a Russian oligarch, who claims he was ripped off buying multi-million-dollar masterpieces, versus a Swiss art dealer who says it was just business. Now, after six… Read More