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Notorious Ransomware Group REvil Knocked Offline, According to Report


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VMWare head of cybersecurity strategy Tom Kellermann told Reuters that the FBI, other federal agencies and "like-minded countries" stopped the group from victimizing additional companies.

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A coalition of government and private cybersecurity experts have turned the tables on REvil by hacking the ransomware group and forcing it offline this week, according to a Reuters report

According to Thursday's report, which cites three private-sector cyber experts working with the US and one former official, the crime group's "Happy Blog" website, which had been used to leak victim data and extort companies, is no longer available.

Cybercriminals tied to the Russian-led criminal gang were responsible for a May cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that caused gas shortages in the US. The attackers used encryption software called DarkSide, which was developed by REvil associates. REvil, itself, was also responsible for an attack that shut down international meatpacker JBS in May.

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