A 22-year-old man from Ukraine has been extradited to the United States for his part in the cyberattack on Kaseya. On Wednesday, he had to answer to a judge for his actions. He is suspected of fraud, money laundering, and breaking into and causing damage to secure computers. If found guilty, the judge could sentence him to a total of 115 years in prison.
The US Department of Justice announced this in a press statement on Wednesday.
Russian hackers attack Kaseya
The attack took place in the summer of 2021 and kept people busy for months. Hackers had found a zero-day vulnerability in Kaseya’s VSA software. This is a program that customers use to remotely manage customer computer systems and servers. The vulnerability allowed the perpetrators to install ransomware and try to extort money from victims. It is estimated that this happened at 800 to 1,500 companies in 17 countries, including the Netherlands.
The Russian hacker group REvil – also known as Sodinokibi – was responsible for the attack. The group demanded $70 million in ransom to be paid in Bitcoin. The amount was never paid: Kaseya received the decryption key from an unknown party to disable the ransomware. The cyber-attack marked the definitive end of REvil .
Imprisonment of 115 years
In August 2021, law enforcement and law enforcement authorities tracked down Yaroslav Vasinskyi, a 22-year-old man from Ukraine. According to the US Department of Justice, he is responsible for the ransomware attack against Kaseya. He ensured that the ransomware got onto the networks of Kaseya customers and put files under lock and key. Only when they paid the ransom did they regain access to their data. If they didn’t, Vasinskyi threatened to sell the data to the highest bidder.
The Ukrainian man was arrested in Poland. There he awaited extradition to the United States. On Thursday, March 3, he was handed over to the Americans. Vasinskyi is suspected of conspiracy to commit fraud, launder money and damage secure computers. If the court finds him guilty of these offenses, he could face up to 115 years in prison.
US remains committed to the fight against hackers
“When I announced charges last year against members of the Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware group, I made it clear that the Justice Department will spare no effort to track down and bring to justice transnational cybercriminals who target the American people. ,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on the case.
He pledges that the US, along with international partners, will continue to identify, track down and apprehend cyber criminals in order to confiscate their illegally obtained profits and bring them to justice.
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