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Ukrainian cops nab husband and wife suspected to be part of $1m ransomware operation


Ukrainian police have arrested five people on suspicion of operating a ransomware gang, including a husband-and-wife team, following tipoffs from UK law enforcement.

"The organizer of the group, a 36-year-old resident of Kyiv, together with his wife and three acquaintances carried out cyberattacks on foreign companies," cops alleged in a characteristically blunt statement (in Ukrainian).

They claimed "more than 50" companies were targeted by the alleged gang, causing damage estimated at "more than one million US dollars."

"Police officers together with law enforcement officers from Great Britain and the United States of America conducted 9 searches in the homes of the suspects and in their cars. Computer equipment, mobile phones, bank cards, flash drives and three cars were seized," added the statement.

We have asked the National Crime Agency for comment and will update this article if we hear back.

The gang is said to have operated private VPNs, masking ...


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