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U.S. sanctions 17 Russian citizens and seven companies for cyberspace crimes

Source : 112 Ukraine

Evil Corp. has used malware Dridex to infect computers and collect credentials from hundreds of banks and financial institutions in more than 40 countries
11:54, 6 December 2019

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The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury has sanctioned 17 Russian citizens and seven companies involved in the Russian cybercrime Evil Corp, which is responsible for developing and distributing Dridex malware. The press service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury reported that.

"Evil Corp. has used malicious Dridex software to infect computers and collect credentials from hundreds of banks and financial institutions in more than 40 countries, leading to theft of more than 100 million dollars. This malicious software has caused millions of dollars in damages to U.S. and international financial institutions and their clients,” the department states.

Related: Ukrainian law enforcers reveal Russian hackers

U.S. authorities’ restrictive measures target 17 individuals and seven organizations, including Evil Corp., its major cyber operators, several affiliates, and financial intermediaries, who were used by the group.

As we reported earlier, Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organizations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic Republic, Reuters informed, citing British and U.S. officials.

The Russian group, known as “Turla” and accused by Estonian and Czech authorities of operating on behalf of Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB), has used Iranian tools and computer infrastructure to order to hack into organizations in at least 20 different countries over the last 18 months, British security officials stated.

The hacking campaign, the extent of which has not been previously revealed, was most active in the Middle East but also targeted organizations in Britain, officials claimed.

Related: Russian hackers create fake versions of popular apps for espionage, - media

 

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