Russian citizen Denis Dubnikov was detained in the Netherlands at the request of the FBI. He is suspected of laundering money obtained through extortion as a result of hacker activities. The BBC writes about it.
The US Department of Justice is demanding the extradition of a 29-year-old Russian who is accused of receiving more than $ 400,000 in cryptocurrency related to the ransom payment. This was reported in CNN with reference to a copy of the extradition request, which was at the disposal of the publication.
Dubnikov was detained in Amsterdam based on a request from the US Department of Justice on charges of money laundering in the interests of a group of cybercriminals Ryuk, which could be behind a string of ransomware attacks on the US healthcare system in 2020.
Pushed into a plane
< p class = "p1">Dubnikov's lawyer, Arkady Bukh, said that in early November his client was on his way to Mexico on vacation, where he was detained and put on a plane to the Netherlands. The arrest became known only now.
“Mexico did not let him into the country. The American intelligence services pushed him onto a plane to the Netherlands and sent him there, paying for a ticket. That is, in fact, they just kidnapped ”, & # 8211; Bukh told RIA Novosti.
According to him, Dubnikov was detained by the FBI. It happened back on November 2.
Dubnikov faces up to 20 years in prison.
Dubnikov's defense is based on the fact that the accused “knew nothing & # 8211; did not know where the money came from and acted in full accordance with Russian law. “
According to the lawyer, the charges have not yet been brought in full. “They have the right not to do so until the moment they bring him to the United States,” & # 8211; explained Bukh.
The lawyer did not rule out that his client would agree to extradition to the United States, since the Netherlands “has almost 100 percent extradition statistics.”
“He was detained in Mexico, but expelled because Mexico does not have such an ideal extradition policy as the Netherlands, & # 8211; he said. & # 8211; We are awaiting extradition to the United States. “
Journalists call this detention one of the serious moves by US law enforcement agencies against the Ryuk program, which was involved in a wave of hacks to healthcare organizations last year.
The FBI and other federal agencies warned in October 2020 about imminent threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers.
Biden asked Putin to sort it out
The broadcaster also calls his case part of the ongoing US and European law enforcement campaign against Eastern European and Russian gangs that extorted millions of dollars from companies.
Recently, the US Department of Justice announced the arrest of a Ukrainian, Yaroslav Vasinsky, accused of using another ransomware against an American software company.
Vasinsky, according to the US, committed about 2,500 ransomware attacks, which earned him $ 2.3 million. He received money from victims for unblocking infected programs.
At the same time, charges were brought against the Russian citizen Yevgeny Polyanin in absentia. The FBI also finds him guilty of cyber fraud.
Presumably, Polyanin is at home. US Attorney General Merrick Garland said that Polyanin received about $ 13 million from victims of hacker attacks using ransomware, but they managed to get back about $ 6 million.
In June, US President Joe Biden asked the Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action against extortionists operating from Russian territory.
Recently, Biden said that the latest actions by Washington against hackers can be considered an illustration of what he warned Putin about.
“When I met with President Putin in June, I made it clear that the US would take action to hold cybercriminals accountable for their actions,” & # 8211; he said.
The Kremlin did not comment on Biden's statement. “We do not have detailed information and in this case do not comment in any way”, & # 8211; Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.