6 suspected Clop ransomware gang members arrested in Ukraine

Nancy J. Delong

The Clop ransomware gang has most likely taken a significant blow, as 6 alleged customers were arrested by Ukrainian Police in a joint regulation enforcement procedure in between Ukraine, the United States and South Korea.

Ukraine’s Countrywide Police issued a press release Wednesday that it and the Ukrainian Cyberpolice conducted the community investigation by way of 21 lookups of Clop suspects’ residences and vehicles in equally Kyiv and close by spots. In accordance to the press release, vehicles, computer system products and a whole of around 5 million hryvnias (about $185,000) was seized from suspects.

Clop (also acknowledged as Cl0p), which has been active considering that early 2019, has extorted hundreds of millions of bucks from organizations and persons considering that its inception. The Eastern European gang makes use of the now common identify-and-disgrace methods of modern ransomware it encrypts the user’s files and threatens to publish sufferer info on the gang’s leak web site. Clop’s leak web site was launched in March 2020, about a yr after its earliest acknowledged attack.

Two of the largest attacks the group has been tied to consist of a ransomware attack from German enterprise computer software vendor Software program AG and the breach of cloud service vendor Accellion.

The gang is accused in the press release of attacking four Korean organizations in 2019, encrypting 810 inner servers and personnel private computer systems in the process. Clop is also accused of attacking Stanford University’s School of Medicine, the College of Maryland and the College of California with ransomware.

SearchSecurity asked Ukraine’s Countrywide Police and Cyberpolice for clarification on this next accusation, as Clop had previously explained the universities’ info was by no means encrypted, only stolen and printed as portion of the Accellion breach. Neither company responded to SearchSecurity’s e-mail.

The arrests were seemingly not a finish takedown of the gang, as Clop’s ransomware leak web site continues to be on the internet. Having said that, the current scope of hurt finished to Clop’s functions is mysterious.

Alexander Culafi is a writer, journalist and podcaster based in Boston.

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