Russia Added Cryptocurrencies To the List of Tools of Cybercriminals In Its Project of the Convention For the UN
The UN Special Committee received a Russian project of the convention on the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes, which, among other things, mentions the “criminal use of cryptocurrencies”.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, the project was developed by an interdepartmental working group, which was created due to the growing threat of cybercrime in the world.
The project proposes expanding international cooperation in identifying, arresting and extraditing cybercriminals to the affected country.
It is noteworthy that other countries most often suffer from the attacks of Russian hackers. For example, not so long ago, a group of Russian hackers, REvil, hacked the networks of about 200 American companies and demanded $70 million in Bitcoins to restore their normal operation.
An even more sensational hack was the attack by Russian hackers from the DarkSide group on the systems of the American pipeline holding Colonial Pipeline. Because of the hack, nearly 9,000 kilometres of a fuel pipeline in the southeastern United States had stopped.
And although representatives of the Russian Federation denied accusations of involvement in the cyberattack, US President Joe Biden, based on the irrefutable evidence collected by the American special services, imposed sanctions against Russia.
In April 2021, the REvil group carried out a cyberattack on the software manufacturer Kaseya, whose software was used by the large Swedish supermarket chain Coop Sweden, as well as many small and medium-sized businesses around the world. After that, Coop Sweden was forced to temporarily close all their 800 branches.