Russia’s FSB intelligence agency said on Friday it had arrested 14 people linked to the ransomware group REvil. The Wall Street Journal. The group claimed responsibility for in the United States. U.S. officials believe the hacker behind the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline last spring was among those arrested, according to an unnamed administration official who spoke to CNN.
Last year’s cyber attack, which was attributed to a , caused significant to the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies nearly half of the fuel for the entire east coast of the United States. The temporary closure of the pipeline has caused massive panic purchases at gas stations in and around the east coast of the United States, resulting in shortages of at least .
As CNN notes the arrest comes after a week of diplomatic talks between the united states and russia about russian hoarding of troops near the border with ukraine. Biden’s official told the network he believed the arrest was “unrelated” to the situation. But some analysts suggest otherwise, noting that this is the first U.S. investigation in which Russia has cooperated in eight years.
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