The official added, “I wish to make it very clear: in our minds, this has nothing to do with what is occurring with Russia and Ukraine.”
The Darkside Hacking Group, one other ransomware gang suspected of being positioned in Russia, was linked to the assault on the Colonial Pipeline. The assaults, and the following panic amongst shoppers, led to the non permanent closure of the pipeline, resulting in fuel shortages in some US states.
The arrests got here months after talks between the Biden administration and Russian officers over ransomware assaults and different cyber safety issues, and the FSB stated Friday that its actions had been linked to an “enchantment from competent US authorities.” The efforts embrace a gathering between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva final 12 months and a phone dialog.
The arrests come on the identical day that hackers defamed and disabled dozens of Ukrainian authorities web sites, with consultants suspecting Russian involvement within the assault.
The administration official insisted that whereas the arrests had been “welcome”, they drew a transparent line within the sand between the proceedings in Russia and the administration’s views on the destruction of the Ukrainian web site.
The detainees will stay in Russia as an alternative of being extradited to the US. A senior official stated the administration would maintain an in depth eye on the subsequent steps there.
“We count on that Russia has introduced the arrests and Russia will take authorized motion in its personal justice system,” the official stated. “We count on them to be delivered to justice.”