Russian-Canadian National Charged Over Involvement in LockBit Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced charges against a dual Russian and Canadian national for his alleged participation in LockBit ransomware attacks across the world.

Also found were a text file with instructions to deploy LockBit ransomware, the malware’s source code, and a website that’s believed to be the control panel operated by the group to administer the ransomware.

An analysis of bitcoin payments made to Vasiliev’s wallet purportedly uncovered the receipt of roughly 0.8BTC that originated from a ransom payment that was paid by a LockBit victim in February 2022 to a wallet address provided by the group.

According to statistics from Malwarebytes and NCC Group, LockBit has been linked to over 160 attacks in the months of September and October, with the group accounting for “Almost half of all RaaS activity.”

LockBit 3.0 constituted 35% of the total ransomware attacks targeting industrial organizations in Q3 2022, including chemicals, drilling, industrial supplies, and interior design firms, accounting for 45 out of 128 incidents tracked by Dragos during the time period.

“Since first appearing, LockBit has been deployed against at least as many as 1,000 victims in the United States and around the world,” the DoJ said.

Share this article on social media:

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!
Stay on top of cybersecurity risks, evolving threats and industry news.

The Latest Cybersecurity News

From major cyberattacks, newly discovered critical vulnerabilities to recommended best practices, read it here first:

Tell us about your needs.
Get an answer the same business day.

Tell us about your needs.
Get an answer the same business day.

Fill out the form below and get an answer from our experts within 1 business day.

Got an urgent request? Call us at 1-877-805-7475 or Book a meeting.

PCI-DSS

What happens next:

  • We reach out to learn about your objectives
  • We work together to define your project's scope
  • You get an all-inclusive, no engagement proposal

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Scroll to Top

BOOK A MEETING

Enter Your
Corporate Email

This site is registered on wpml.org as a development site.