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Kaseya Ransomware: 8 Things Learned From The DOJ, FBI

‘I want to make clear that we are here today because, in their darkest hour, Kaseya made the right choice. And they decided to work with the FBI. Almost immediately after they were hit, Kaseya provided the FBI with information they needed to act,“ says Lisa Monaco, deputy U.S. attorney general.

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Follow The Money

Along with the indictment of Polyanin came the news that $6.1 million in crypto currency allegedly received by him from the ransomware attacks was seized by the Department of Justice.

Monaco said this was the second time in five months funds have been seized from ransomware attackers. In June, the DOJ seized a majority of the $4.3 million paid by Colonial Pipeline to the Darkside ransomware gang following the cyber attack on that company‘s gasoline pipelines in May.

“This will not be the last time,” Monaco said. ”The U.S. government will continue to aggressively pursue the entire ransomware ecosystem and increase our nation‘s resilience to cyber threats.”

The $6.1 million in crypto currency recovered by the DOJ came about by following the money, Monaco said

“The career prosecutors and the special agents of the FBI, working with partners around the globe, did some good old-fashioned detective work by chasing down digital leads, identifying infrastructure to dismantle, and seizing funds,” she said.

 

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Questions Yet To Be Answered

Garland, when asked by a reporter whether the Russian government condoned or was aware of the ransomware activities outlined by the DOJ, declined to directly answer because of the on-going investigation.

“I will say that we expect and hope that any government in which one of these ransomware actors is residing will do everything it can to provide that person to us for prosecution.”

Later, when asked how Vasinski was able to be captured when he crossed the border to Poland, Wray declined to answer.

“There are lots of reasons why people travel,” he said. ”And I can‘t get into the specific reasons why Mr. Vasinski traveled. But boy are we glad that he did.”

 

 

 

 
 
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