US charges Ukrainian, Russian for ransomware

The US Department of Justice has charged two members of a ransomware crime group based in Russia with attacks against US businesses and government entities.

Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters on Monday that a Ukrainian man, who was reportedly arrested last month in Poland, has been indicted for deploying REvil ransomware across the United States. Garland said this includes the July attack on Kaseya, a multinational information software company. Kaseya claims that about 1,500 companies were affected.

Garland also said the Justice Department has seized 6.1 million dollars tied to the proceeds of another alleged attacker, a Russian national, and they are seeking his arrest.

US President Joe Biden said in a statement on Monday that when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, he made it clear that "the United States would take action to hold cybercriminals accountable." Biden said that's what they did.

The US Department of State is offering a reward of up to 10 million dollars for information leading to the identification of the leaders of the ransomware crime group.