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Russian man charged with developing Lockbit ransomware; U.S. offers $10M reward for capture | #ransomware | #cybercrime


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Dmitry Yuryevich Khoroshev for allegedly participating in, conspiring to participate in, or attempting to participate in LockBit ransomware activities. Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, that prevents a user from accessing computer files, systems, or networks until a ransom is paid for their return.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges in a 26-count indictment against Khoroshev, who allegedly acted as the LockBit ransomware group’s developer and administrator. 

Dmitry Yuryevich Khoroshev (Courtesy: U.S. Department of State)

“Today we are going a step further, charging the individual who we allege developed and administered this malicious cyber scheme, which has targeted over 2,000 victims and stolen more than $100 million in ransomware payments. We will continue to work closely alongside our partners, across the U.S. government and around the world to disrupt cybercrime operations like LockBit and to find and hold accountable those responsible for them.”

The U.S. Department of Justice says the LockBit ransomware group has attacked over 2,500 victims in at least 120 countries, including 1,800 victims in the United States. LockBit victims included individuals, small businesses, multinational corporations, hospitals, schools, nonprofit organizations, critical infrastructure, and government and law-enforcement agencies.

On Sunday, the City of Wichita became a victim of encryption malware that locked files without permission. Wichita responded by shutting down several computer systems. No word on what malware is connected to Wichita’s attack. The City says federal authorities are assisting in the investigation.

Information for this award can be submitted by email at [email protected], Telegram at @LockbitRewards, Signal at @FBISupp.01.

If you are the victim of a ransomware incident, please visit stopransomware.gov.



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