Police in Ukraine arrested two people last week on suspicion of carrying out large ransom hacks, the official statement says on Monday.
The arrests took place in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The arrest and investigation of the suspects involve the Ukraine police, the French gendarmerie, the FBI, Interpol and Europol.
The suspects are said to have been running major hacks on different companies. This would have caused more than 150 million dollars of damage.
Police investigated and found several computers, $375,000 ransom, two cars and over $1 million in cryptocurrencies.
Europol writes in a press release that the suspects are part of a hacking group that has been active since April 2020. The group Concerned has not been disclosed in connection with the ongoing investigation. The group is said to be known for the high amounts of ransom demanded after a hack, up to 70 million dollars.
Experts suggest that the suspects are members of hacking group REvil, the group behind last year’s big Kaseya hack that also demanded a $70 million ransom. This hack led companies from all over the world to struggle with non-working computer systems.