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Gouda Hacker: Charges Tie to Ransomware Hit Affecting Cheese

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May
2023
Gouda Hacker: Charges Tie to Ransomware Hit Affecting Cheese

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How many ransomware-wielding hackers can claim among their bona fides to have caused a national cheese shortage, not least in the Gouda-loving Netherlands?

Enter Mikhail Matveev, 31, the Russian national whom prosecutors accused of wielding not one but three strains of ransomware.

Two federal indictments unsealed this month accuse Matveev – aka Wazawaka, m1x, Boriselcin, Uhodiransomwar – of operating as an affiliate for the LockBit, Babuk and Hive ransomware groups. Security experts say the indictments are notable because they don’t target ransomware-as-a-service group chiefs but rather a foot soldier who was directly responsible for hacking into victims’ networks and using the ransomware to extort them.

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