This week, Yaroslav Vasinskyi made his initial appearance in court for conducting ransomware attacks against multiple victims, including the July 2021 Kaseya attack. Vasinskyi worked for the REvil ransomware group, where he would gain entry into internal networks of victim companies and deploy malware to encrypt and steal data. The 22-year-old Ukrainian native was taken into custody in Poland and extradited to the United States. He was transported by U.S. law enforcement and arrived in Dallas, Texas on March 3rd. Vasinskyi is charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and related activity in connection with computers, damage to protected computers, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of all counts, he faces a total penalty of 115 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Written by: Nataliia Zdrok, Threat Intelligence Analyst at Binary Defense Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased