Costa Rica declares state of emergency as Conti ransomware cripples government sites. The gang behind REvil is likely to be back.

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US Treasury Department sanctions cryptocurrency mixer.

The US Department of the Treasury has sanctioned Blender.io on the grounds that the cryptocurrency mixer was involved in laundering money for the Lazarus Group, North Korea’s well-known government criminal organization. “On March 23, 2022,” Treasury says, “Lazarus Group, a DPRK state-sponsored cyber hacking group, carried out the largest virtual currency heist to date, worth almost $620 million, from a blockchain project linked to the online game Axie Infinity; Blender was used in processing over $20.5 million of the illicit proceeds.” The sanctions are believed to be the first levied against a mixer service.

Rewards for Justice is interested in Conti.

The US Department of State added members of the Conti ransomware operation to its Rewards for Justice program. “The Department of State is offering a reward of up to $10,000,000 for information leading to the identification and/or location of any individual(s) who hold a key leadership position in the Conti ransomware variant transnational organized crime group. In addition, the Department is also offering a reward of up to $5,000,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of any individual in any country conspiring to participate in or attempting to participate in a Conti variant ransomware incident.”

US tractor manufacturer AGCO hit by ransomware attack.

Reuters reports that ACGO, a major manufacturer of farm equipment, has sustained a ransomware attack that’s affected production and delivery of tractors and other agricultural equipment. The company said that disruptions might last “several days and potentially longer.” Some customers said they began

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