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French police arrests Russian suspect linked to Hive ransomware
2023-12-13 20:25

French authorities arrested a Russian national in Paris for allegedly helping the Hive ransomware gang with laundering their victims' ransom payments.

"New arrest in the Hive ransomware affair: after the international search in January to dismantle this network of hackers constituting a serious threat, the Judicial Police arrested in Paris an individual suspected of having laundered money from these cyber attacks," the French National Police said.

The FBI and Dutch police also discovered Hive communication records, malware file hashes, and details on 250 Hive affiliates stored on Hive servers at a hosting provider in California and backup servers in the Netherlands.

The U.S. State Department is now offering up to $10 million for any information that could help link the Hive ransomware group with foreign governments.

Since law enforcement took down the gang's infrastructure, a new ransomware-as-a-service operation named Hunters International has surfaced using code used by the Hive ransomware operation.

While analyzing a Hunters International ransomware sample, security researcher Will Thomas found code overlaps and similarities that matched over 60% of Hive ransomware's code.

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