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Russian cyber crime gangsters named by UK and US for hacking hospitals during Covid | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

A major Russian cyber crime gang is facing international sanctions from both the US and UK for their hacking activities, which included infiltrating a hospital system during the Covid-19 pandemic

Foreign Secretary Cleverly is one of the governmental agents looking at stopping cyber criminal activities(Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A major Russian cyber crime gang has been hit with UK and US sanctions for hacking hospitals during the pandemic.

Eleven international web gangsters have had asset freezes and travel bans slapped on them for their attacks on the NHS. The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office -FCDO – said the crooks infected millions of computers worldwide with malware.

They also targeted British schools, local authorities and businesses, extorting over £27 million from UK victims by the group, and £144 million) globally. The gang was investigated by the National Crime Agency.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said that by revealing the identities of those sanctioned more ransomware attacks will be disrupted. They include senior administrator Andrey Zhuykov, and Maksim Khaliullin and Mikhail Tsarev, who recruited new members.

The gang also threatened those who opposed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the FCDO said. Mr Cleverly said: “These cybercriminals thrive off anonymity, moving in the shadows of the internet to cause maximum damage and extort money from their victims.

“Our sanctions show they cannot act with impunity. We know who they are and what they are doing. By exposing their identities, we are disrupting their business models and making it harder for them to target our people, our businesses and our institutions.”

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