Deputy Attorney General of the United States Lisa Monaco
Two suspected hackers accused of 5,000 ransomware attacks have been arrested in a global crackdown on cybercrime, Europol announced on Monday.
The two, who have not been identified by name, were arrested last week by Romanian authorities. Officials say the attacks, linked to the ransomware gang known as REvil, yielded around half a million euros in ransoms.
The arrests were part of a 17-country operation involving the United States.
U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco appeared to foreshadow Monday’s announcement in an interview with The Associated Press last week, saying that “in the days and weeks to come, you’re going to see more ‘arrests’.
The Justice Department has tried multiple ways to deal with a wave of ransomware it considers a threat to national security and the economy, including through lawsuits like the ones announced on Monday.
In June, the Justice Department seized $ 2.3 million in cryptocurrency from a payment made by Colonial Pipeline following a ransomware attack that caused the company to temporarily halt operations, creating shortages fuel in parts of the country.