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Simona Fodor
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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

RO prosecutors detain two individuals in intl. investigation targeting ransomware gang

Prosecutors working with the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) have decided to detain two individuals suspected of carrying out cyber-attacks, blackmail, and money laundering, the institution said.

They are suspected of deploying cyber-attacks using the Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware.

The two are allegedly responsible for 5,000 infections, which in total pocketed half a million euros in ransom payments, according to Europol

Five other individuals involved in the GandCrab and REvil / Sodinokibi ransomware programs were arrested: three by the authorities in South Korea, one in the US, and one in Kuwait. 

The suspects arrested in the country made use of the GandCrab and REvil/Sodinokibi ‘ransomware families.’ Under the Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) model, the perpetrators rent from ransomware developers the necessary malware to launch attacks and encrypt computer systems, subsequently obtaining illicit profits from victims who pay for the safe recovery of their encrypted data, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) explained.

The attacks affected many victims throughout the world in both the public and private sectors, including companies, municipalities, hospitals, law enforcement, emergency services, schools, colleges and universities. They also targeted the health sector during the Covid-19 pandemic, taking advantage of the global crisis to extort victims.

The investigation was part of a wider international effort involving 17 countries, Europol, Eurojust and INTERPOL, Europol explained. 

(Photo: Stevanovicigor | Dreamstime.com)

simona@romania-insider.com

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Simona Fodor
Senior Editor

Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

RO prosecutors detain two individuals in intl. investigation targeting ransomware gang

Prosecutors working with the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) have decided to detain two individuals suspected of carrying out cyber-attacks, blackmail, and money laundering, the institution said.

They are suspected of deploying cyber-attacks using the Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware.

The two are allegedly responsible for 5,000 infections, which in total pocketed half a million euros in ransom payments, according to Europol

Five other individuals involved in the GandCrab and REvil / Sodinokibi ransomware programs were arrested: three by the authorities in South Korea, one in the US, and one in Kuwait. 

The suspects arrested in the country made use of the GandCrab and REvil/Sodinokibi ‘ransomware families.’ Under the Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) model, the perpetrators rent from ransomware developers the necessary malware to launch attacks and encrypt computer systems, subsequently obtaining illicit profits from victims who pay for the safe recovery of their encrypted data, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) explained.

The attacks affected many victims throughout the world in both the public and private sectors, including companies, municipalities, hospitals, law enforcement, emergency services, schools, colleges and universities. They also targeted the health sector during the Covid-19 pandemic, taking advantage of the global crisis to extort victims.

The investigation was part of a wider international effort involving 17 countries, Europol, Eurojust and INTERPOL, Europol explained. 

(Photo: Stevanovicigor | Dreamstime.com)

simona@romania-insider.com

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