A global police operation has dealt a devastating blow to one of the most prolific cyber-crime gangs in history, the BBC reports
The co-ordinated action against the REvil gang was announced on Monday by Romanian police, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Europol.
Back in May, REvil’s ransomware targeted the world’s largest meat processor, JBS SA, disrupting meat production for several days. The company ultimately paid $11m to the hackers.
The raids, which took place both on and offline, led to the arrests of two alleged hackers in Romania and one from Ukraine.
Europol’s operation, named GoldDust, was set up specifically to tackle the group. Since February the operation has led to 7 arrests of the hacker gang in total in Romania, Ukraine, South Korea and Kuwait.
REvil has been blamed for major hacks on global businesses in recent years.
The US also announced that it had successfully retrieved more than $6m (£4m) in cryptocurrency from the gang in a so-called “claw back” hacking operation.