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Russian cybercrime suspects indicted in multi-million dollar Trickbot malware and Conti ransomware scheme

Several alleged Russian cybercriminals were indicted in a multi-million dollar ransomware scheme targeting hospitals, schools, and other businesses.

The Department of Justice and FBI made the announcement Thursday, stating that multiple people involved in the Trickbot malware and Conti ransomware schemes were indicted.

A press release states that Trickbot was a suite of malware tools made to steal money and facilitate the ransomware installation, while Conti was a ransomware variant that was used to attack over 900 victims worldwide, including victims in 47 states and 31 foreign countries. Organizations in Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico were also affected.

A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Ohio returned indictments for Maksim Galochkin, Maksim Rudenskiy, Mikhail Mikhailovich Tsarev, Andrey Yuryevich Zhuykov, Dmitry Putilin, Sergey Loguntsov, Max Mikhaylov, Valentin Karyagin, Maksim Khaliullin, and charged them with conspiring to use the malware to steal money and personal information from victims, including businesses and financial institutions.

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray listens during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement that the indictments send a message to cybercriminals.

“Today’s announcement shows our ongoing commitment to bringing the most heinous cyber criminals to justice—those who have devoted themselves to inflicting harm on the American public, our hospitals, schools, and businesses,” Wray said. “Cyber criminals know that we will use every lawful tool at our disposal to identify them, tirelessly pursue them, and disrupt their criminal activity. We, alongside our federal and international partners, will continue to impose costs through joint operations no matter where these criminals may attempt to hide.”

Adam Sabes is a writer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Adam.Sabes@fox.com and on Twitter @asabes10.

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