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A man accused of being behind the attack on Kaseya, a managed services provider, in July last year, has appeared in court in Texas and been arraigned.

According to an indictment issued by the US Department of Justice in August last year, Yaroslav Vasinskyi was accused of gaining access to the networks of many companies and deploying the REvil ransomware.

Vasinskyi, 22, an Ukrainian national, was extradited from Poland to the US to face the charges.

US Attorney-General Merrick Garland said in a statement on Wednesday: “When last year I announced charges against members of the Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware group, I made clear that the Justice Department will spare no resource in identifying and bringing to justice transnational cyber criminals who target the American people.

“That is exactly what we have done. The United States, alongside our international partners, will continue to swiftly identify, locate, and apprehend alleged cyber criminals, capture their illicit profits, and bring them to justice.

Deputy Attorney-General Lisa Monaco added: “Just eight months after committing his alleged ransomware attack on Kaseya from overseas, this defendant has arrived in a Dallas courtroom to face justice.

“When we are attacked, we will work with our partners here and abroad to go after cyber criminals, wherever they may be.”

In October 2021, there were claims that the REvil group had been taken offline by intelligence agencies and law enforcement from the US and a number of its allies.

Contacted for comment, Brett Callow, a ransomware threat researcher with the New Zealand-headquartered tech shop Emsisoft, said: "Disrupting ransomware operations and bringing those involved to justice requires extensive international co-operation, and that's exactly what happened in this case.

"Ransomware became such an enormous problem because actors operated with almost complete impunity, but that's no longer the case. Every arrest pushes the needle on the risk-reward scale a little more toward 'risk,', which is a key element of solving the ransomware problem."

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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