Ukrainian police have arrested six people, alleged to be members of the notorious Clop* ransomware gang, seizing cash, cars – and a number of Apple Mac laptops and desktops.
“It was established that six defendants carried out attacks of malicious software such as ‘ransomware’ on the servers of American and [South] Korean companies,” alleged Ukraine’s national police force in a statement published at lunchtime today.
While the gang is notorious in the West for indiscriminately targeting well-off companies and extorting ransoms in exchange for decryption keys, its most shocking moment was when a poorly secured Accellion file transfer appliance gave the criminals access to defence contractor Bombardier. There the criminals were able to copy blueprints for an airborne early warning radar fitted to the company’s flagship AWACS-style military jet.
The six suspects were arrested in joint raids carried out with South Korean law enforcement authorities earlier today, cops in Ukraine said.
Back in December, Clop had targeted a South Korean retailer, E-Land, reportedly stealing two million credit card details over a 12-month period. Cops in South Korea apparently identified the Clop suspects soon after.