Cerber sneaks onto US government website

Cerber ransomware manages to sneak onto US government website
04 September 2017   807

The widespread Bitcoin extortion Cerber is famous for many vicious activities, including stealing passwords of browsers and data for logging into cryptocurrency wallets.   

Nowadays, the computer researchers have uncovered a ransomware on the website of the US National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)

It is unclear how long the ransomware has been embedded on the official government website and if the malicious file was able to victimize someone. According to the information provided by cointelegraph.com, the file was already removed, however, the fact that it was able to penetrate an official .gov domain is disturbing.

Thus, as reported, the file hosted a downloader for the Cerber ransomware. In generall, Cerber attacks by encrypting files on an infected device and makes them inaccessible until the owner agrees to pay a ransom in Bitcoin.

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It is believed that the government's site was hacked or the file was included in an email sent to a government official. The NWCG has not issued a public statement or provided additional information on the discovery and successful removal of the malicious file.

Vinnik Extradtion to France to be Supported by SCoG

Alexander is holding the hunger strike for 24 days and lost around 9 kilos
19 December 2018   22

Following the trial court of the city of Thessaloniki, the Greek Areopagus decided to extradite Alexander Vinnik, suspected of laundering $ 4 billion through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange, to France. Thus, the appeal of Russian lawyers was rejected, reports TASS referring to the chairman of the court Angelique Aliferopoul.

After the announcement of the verdict, Alexander Vinnik declared that he would continue the hunger strike against the arbitrary rule of the Greek authorities, which began in mid-November.

I have been starving for 24 days. Yesterday I was weighed; according to the documents, I lost 8 kg. But they did not immediately begin to weigh me, only on the third day. So I lost 9 kg. If I'll be extradited to Moscow, I will stop starving.

Alexander Vinnik


Alexander Vinnik was detained in Greece at the request of the American authorities on July 25, 2017. In June 2018, Vinnik was arrested in absentia in Russia on charges of cyber fraud on a large scale.

At the moment, there have been several court decisions on the extradition of Vinnik - at the request of the United States, at the request of France and two decisions at the request of Russia. The final decision on the case will take the Minister of Justice of Greece.