FBI makes breakthrough in ransomware case, exposing leader of LockBit gang


Unveiling the Leadership Identity of LockBit Ransomware Group: Will it Lead to an Arrest? – Cybernews Update

The leadership identity of the LockBit ransomware group has finally been revealed by international law enforcement after a months-long manhunt. The leader, identified as Russian national Dmitry Yuryevich Khoroshev, also known as LockBitSupp, has been charged with multiple counts related to his involvement in the cybercriminal cartel.

The US Department of Justice, in collaboration with the UK’s National Crime Agency and Europol, unsealed an indictment against Khoroshev, offering a reward of up to $10,000,000 for information leading to his arrest. Khoroshev is accused of being the creator, administrator, and developer of the LockBit ransomware group, responsible for targeting over 2,500 victims and stealing more than $100 million in ransom payments.

Despite the indictment and the offer of a substantial reward, Khoroshev remains at large. The FBI’s announcement of his identity has sparked a response from the LockBit ransomware group, with a statement implying that law enforcement may be targeting the wrong individual.

The investigation into LockBit’s activities has revealed the extent of their operations, with victims spanning across 120 countries, including individuals, businesses, hospitals, schools, and government agencies. Khoroshev’s alleged involvement in the ransomware-as-a-service business model has led to significant financial gains, with the DoJ estimating that he personally received at least $100 million from ransom payments.

Efforts to disrupt LockBit’s operations have been partially successful, with the seizure of their dark web domains and the release of decryption tools for victims. However, the group has shown resilience in regrouping and continuing their attacks, prompting ongoing efforts by law enforcement to combat their activities.

The sanctions imposed on Khoroshev by the US Department of the Treasury highlight the government’s commitment to disrupting and degrading the ransomware ecosystem. The news of his indictment has also garnered attention in Russian media, signaling the international impact of cybercrime and the efforts to combat it.

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