“We need to give Putin something to think about,” he said. “And while I know people in government like the idea of having ‘unseen’ cyber activities, we have to show the American people and the private sector that we’re doing something about this. .”
Mr. Putin has denied that many of the attacks come from Russia and argued that the United States, with its cyber operations globally, is the most active disruptive force on the internet.
But it is clear that a large amount of ransomware demand is coming from Russia, and the ransomware code is often written to avoid hitting Russian-speaking targets.
According to experts, if Moscow wants to prevent Russian cybercriminals from attacking US targets. That is why, some Russian experts argue, the United States needs to target Russia’s democracy, either by disclosing Putin’s financial details or by freezing the bank accounts of Russian politicians. tycoon.
“The only language Putin understands is power, and power is money,” says Garry Kasparov, a Russian chess grandmaster and critic of Putin. “It’s not about tanks; it’s about banks. America should wipe out the oligarchs’ accounts one by one, until the message gets through.”
Currently, REvil shows no signs of slowing down.
In recent days, its cybercriminals continue to take over the networks of American companies. On Wednesday, REvil achieved a new goal: a Florida defense contractor, HX5, to sell weapons and space launch technology to the Army, Navy, Air Force and NASA.
REvil posted the hacked documents to its naming and shaming website, “The Happy Blog”. There don’t appear to be any significant consequences, but HX5 is just the latest contractor affected.