U.S. Unseals 2 Indictments, Sanctions & Offers $1M Reward against Russian Ransomware Actor

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Friday, May 19, 2023
Bruce Zagaris

On May 16, 2023, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) unsealed two indictments charging Mikhail Pavolovish Matveev,  a Russian national and resident, with using three different ransomware variants to attack numerous victims throughout the United States and sell access to ransomware know how in a wholesale way.[1]  The U.S. Department of the Treasury added the same person to its list of Specially Designated Nationals.[2]  In addition, the U.S. Department of State announced a reward offer, under the Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program (TOCRP), of up to $10 million, for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Matveev for transnational organized crime.[3]

[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Russian National Charged with Ransomware Attacks Against Critical Infrastructure, Press Rel.23-559, May 6, 2023.

[2]    U.S. Department of the Treasury, Treasury Sanctions Russian Ransomware Actor Complicit in Attacks on Police and U.S. Critical Infrastructure, May 16, 2023.

[3]    U.S. Department of State, The Department of State Announces Reward Offer Against Ransomware Actor, May 16, 2023.