Ukrainian Authorities Arrest Cl0p Ransomware Group Members

Ukrainian police have arrested members of a notorious ransomware gang Cl0p during a joint nationwide operation with law enforcement agencies in South Korea and the United States.

The Cyber Police Department of the National Police of Ukraine reported that six arrests were made after searching 21 residences in the capital Kyiv and nearby regions. 

The police also seized computer equipment, 5 million Ukrainian hryvnias (around $185,000), and property belonging to the Cl0p members. 

The police also managed to shut down Cl0p’s network but did not give further details. 

Cl0p gained infamy for attacking  American universities, including the University of Miami, Florida, Stanford University, University of Maryland, and the University of Colorado.

Cl0p has also targeted oil company Shell and international law firm Jones Day.

Ukraine’s move marks the first time that a national law enforcement agency has conducted mass arrests of a ransomware gang.

Police have not yet disclosed whether those arrested were core members of the group or affiliates but said that they would all face eight years in prison.

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