October 7, 2021 — Eric Swotinsky

Europol announces arrest of 'prolific' ransomware operators in joint effort

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U.S. and European law enforcement agencies have arrested two ransomware operators in Ukraine, following a series of coordinated attacks against industrial groups in Europe and North America.

Europol, the French National Gendarmerie, the Ukrainian National Police, and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation worked together to identify and detain the two, who are allegedly responsible for up to €70 million in extortion demands. Police seized $375,000 in cash, two luxury cars, and $1.3 million in cryptocurrency.

While this duo has been arrested, there are still hundreds of active ransomware operators threatening to steal and encrypt your sensitive data. Acronis Cyber Protect recognizes and stops the malicious behavior that defines ransomware threats, regardless of the specific operator or strain — keeping your systems and data safe from harm.