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The Kremlin has failed to deny that the takedown of Russian-based hacking group ReVil is tied to US President Joe Biden’s pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday the state doesn’t have any information about REvil’s sudden disappearance from the internet and insisted Russia wants to ‘cooperate’ with the US in taking down cybercriminals.
REvil’s dark web data-leak site and ransom-negotiating portals have both been unreachable since about 1am on Tuesday.
The timing of the takedown raised eyebrows coming just days after Biden demanded Putin took action following a series of devastating ransomware attacks by the Russia-based group on US businesses.
REvil, also known as ‘Ransomware evil’, was responsible for the Memorial Day ransomware attack on the meat processor JBS and the supply-chain attack this month targeting the Miami-based software company Kaseya that crippled well over 1,000 businesses globally.
The Kremlin has failed to deny that the takedown of the websites used by Russian-based hacking group ReVil is tied to US President Joe Biden’s pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden and Putin pictured meeting at the Geneva Summit on June 16
When asked Wednesday by reporters if Russia was behind REvil’s takedown from the darknet, Peskov denied having any knowledge of what had happened.
‘I cannot answer your question, because I do not have such information. I do not know which group, where it disappeared from,’ he said, according to Russian News Agency TASS.
He said Russia believes cybercriminals ‘should be punished’ but doubled down that he was not aware if the ransomware gang had been deliberately been targeted by authorities.
‘We believe that [cybercriminals] should be punished,’ he said.
‘On the international level, we believe that we should all cooperate. In this case, Russia and the United States should cooperate in order to suppress such manifestations.
‘As for the particulars about this group, I, unfortunately, with such information I don’t have it, ‘he added.
Peskov said the US and Russia had begun talks on how to work together to tackle cyber crime.