A hacker gang that breached numerous high-profile corporations like computer component manufacturer ADATA and online game writer Capcom inside the final a number of years has been arrested by a global police pressure, based on legislation enforcement company Europol.
An October 20 report by the government agency states that the ransomware group often known as Ragnar Locker was dropped at an finish after 11 completely different international locations got here collectively to research and prosecute the hackers. The group might be finest identified for taking accountability for the November 2020 Capcom cyberattack that uncovered lots of of hundreds of items of worker info, together with names, emails, and passport particulars. It claimed to have stolen over 1TB of knowledge; the writer would later element precisely what information was compromised, which included the private and company info of present and former workers, monetary particulars and gross sales reviews, and developer paperwork. In whole, the confidential information of roughly 390,000 folks might have been uncovered on the darkish internet because of the cyberattack.
However Ragnar Locker could also be no extra, following an elaborate, multi-country sting operation that happened between October 16 and 20 spanning Czechia, Latvia, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and extra, throughout which the “key goal” of the bunch was arrested in Paris and introduced in entrance of the Paris Judicial Courtroom. His Czechia residence was searched and the gang’s infrastructure was seized throughout the globe. In the meantime, 5 different suspects related to the ransomware gang Ragnar Locker had been additionally interviewed in Spain and Latvia.
A world police pressure, composed of 11 international locations together with Japan and the U.S., additionally took down Ragnar Locker’s ransomware—the malicious malware it uploads to get entry to gadgets—and the web site it used to leak stolen information.
“Prevention and safety are enhancing, nevertheless ransomware operators proceed to innovate and discover new victims,” Edvardas Šileris, head of Europol’s European cybercrime middle, mentioned within the report. “Europol will play its function in supporting EU Member States as they aim these teams, and every case helps us enhance our modes of investigation and our understanding of those teams. I hope this spherical of arrests sends a robust message to ransomware operators who suppose they will proceed their assaults with out consequence.”
In keeping with Europol’s findings, Ragnar Locker isn’t simply the title of the now-defunct group. It’s additionally the title of the ransomware the gang developed for its cyberattacks, together with more moderen ones towards the Portuguese nationwide service and an Israeli hospital. It used this malware to assault gadgets working Microsoft Home windows, exploiting companies like Distant Desktop Protocol to realize entry to gadgets and information. So, whereas speculative, breaking into Home windows PCs might have been how Ragnar Locker slipped by means of Capcom’s protection methods.
Kotaku reached out to Capcom and Europol for remark.
Capcom isn’t the one online game firm to have been breached by hackers in the previous few years. Earlier this fall, a brand new ransomware group often known as Ransomed.vc claimed to have damaged into “all of Sony methods.” Sony was hacked this previous Might as effectively, with a distinct cyberattacker group claiming to have accessed information on some 6,791 present and former workers.