Cybercrime: the mastermind behind Lockbit finally arrested!

A Russian-Canadian pirate was arrested in Canada on October 26. He would belong to several groups of hackers and would be one of the authors of the Lockbit ransomware, used to steal data and paralyze the computer systems of large companies and even hospitals all over the world, including in France.

Rarely, the authorities managed to get their hands on a hacker ” high level “. This is Mikhael Vasiliev, a 33-year-old Russian-Canadian national and one of the authors of the famous ransomware, or ransomwareLockbit.

The arrest took place in Canada and is the result of collaboration between seven countries. The investigation, which lasted two years, mobilized agents from the FBI, Europol, the Canadian police and the French gendarmerie. The man would be involved in more than 2,000 attacks around the world, and demanded ransoms ranging from 5 to 70 million euros.

Corbeil-Essonnes hospital among the victims

The Paris prosecutor’s office indicated in particular that 115 of the victims are French. Among these is the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital, whose computer systems were paralyzed this summer. Since the hospital failed to pay the requested ransom of $10 million, the hackers released the stolen data. The bill will still be steep and is estimated at nearly 7 million euros, since it will be necessary to completely rebuild the systems by securing them, an operation which should not be completed until the end of 2023.

His group continues to crack down despite everything. Since his arrest, Thales and Continental have both announced that they have been victims of Lockbit ransomware. Moreover, the defendant would not have simply been content to blackmail Lockbit. He is also said to be a member of other hacker groups, including Blackcat, Ragnarlocker and Darkside. He is now awaiting extradition to the United States.

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