Seven suspected hackers linked to ransomware attacks have been arrested since last February in a global cybercrime crackdown.
International Media reported the US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity that the FBI and Justice Department rynsm software (system to seize $ 60 million in charges linked to demand ransom) to open it after hack Will announce.
None of the arrested hackers have been identified, but Europol said two suspected hackers belonging to the ransomware gang, R-Evil, were charged last week with receiving 580,000 in ransom. I was arrested on charges of involvement.
Authorities in Kuwait arrested another hacker last week, and South Korean authorities have arrested three hackers since February, while a seventh was arrested in Europe last month.
The arrests were part of a Gold Dust law enforcement investigation involving the United States and 16 other countries.
R-Evil, also known as Sudinokibi, has targeted the world's largest meat processor JBSSA in recent months, as well as being accused of attacking it in July. Who stole data from Cassia, a Florida software company, and damaged businesses around the world.
The Justice Department on Monday indicted Yaroslav Vassinsky, a suspected Ukrainian hacker, in federal court in Dallas on charges of aiding and abetting various targets across the country, including businesses and financial institutions.
Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco predicted the announcement in an interview, saying "in the coming days and weeks you will see more arrests" and at the same time ransomware operations will stop.
The Justice Department has tried several ways to deal with the ransomware wave, which it sees as a national security and economic threat.
The arrests of foreign hackers are important to the Justice Department because many of them operate under the auspices of countries that do not extradite their citizens to the United States for legal action.
The Justice Department confiscated 2.3 million cryptocurrencies paid by the Colonial Pipeline after a ransomware attack in June, forcing the company to suspend operations, leading to fuel shortages in some parts of the country.