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REvil, shut down and disappears

07-15-2021 04:46 PM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: ARTEFAKTUM LLC

REvil, the prolific ransomware strain behind the recent attacks on Kaseya and JBS, has gone dark. That attack prompted U.S. President Biden to demand that President Putin shut down his ransomware and other hacking groups that attack American targets in a two-hour phone call last week.

It is not entirely clear to date why REvil unexpectedly went offline, but cybercrime experts of the private intelligence and investigation US firm ARTEFAKTUM, Boston, present three main possible theories.

The first is that the U.S. Cyber Command, cooperating with law enforcement, brought the sites down after Biden's order; when asked by a reporter the other day if Biden would give the order if Russia did not remove REvil, Biden simply replied "yes."

The second is that Putin ordered the sites taken down.

And the third is that REvil shut itself down to avoid being caught in the crossfire of two world powers, much like Darkside did after the Colonial Pipeline hack in the past.

There is no evidence that the sites were seized by any authority, neither in the US nor in Russia, and sources within the U.S. Cyber Command said they were not expecting any guidelines until later in the week.

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