back to article REvil gang member identified living luxury lifestyle in Russia, says German media

German news outlets claim to have identified a member of the infamous REvil ransomware gang – who reportedly lives the life of Riley off his ill-gotten gains. The gang member, nicknamed Nikolay K by Die Zeit newspaper and the Bayerische Rundfunk radio station, reportedly owns a €70,000 watch with a Bitcoin address engraved on …

  1. Snake Silver badge

    Based in Russia?

    Why, color me surprised.

    His exploits have [massive] shades of the Hushpuppi saga...and maybe it'll end the same way.

  2. David 132 Silver badge
    Headmaster

    Almost as bad a crime...

    ...is Brett Callow's use of the neologism "crimming". Ugh. That's a crime against grammar right there. Hanging's too good for 'em :)

    1. Chris Gray 1
      Headmaster

      Re: Almost as bad a crime...

      I tripped over "combing". That's what you're supposed to do with your hair. He used it as short for "combining". Either that or its a typo.

  3. Stratman

    If they know who

    and where he is, how come he's not hanging from a meathook with electrodes on his gonads?

    Or is he???

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: If they know who

      You think the German police are going to enter Russia and torture one of its citizens?

      1. cyberdemon Silver badge
        Holmes

        Re: If they know who

        I'm sure they have passed on all the relevant info to the Russian police, who will do.. precisely nothing.

        1. Medixstiff

          Re: If they know who

          I'm sure there's one or two people in the Russian Police or a similar organization that would prefer to have a talk to him about how easy it would be to make him disappear into a Gulag versus greasing a few palms to keep him out of said Gulag.

        2. Alan Brown Silver badge

          Re: If they know who

          In all liklihood he's related to someone extremely senior in the Russian police or political structure and any attempt to "do something" would be a career-ending move for the person trying

        3. EnviableOne Silver badge

          Re: If they know who

          Should have passed it on to Mossad, and the next thing that will be heard is: "REvil gang Member arrested in rural german town"

    2. Tomato42

      Re: If they know who

      It's the US that kidnaps people in other countries, not Germany. Oh, I'm sorry, "performs extraordinary rendition".

      1. Blackjack Silver badge

        Re: If they know who

        While Russia just uses radiation poisoning?

        https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/21/russia-responsible-for-alexander-litvinenko-death-european-court-rules

        1. gerdesj Silver badge
          Gimp

          Re: If they know who

          Not to mention putting very nasty contact poisons on doors by experts on Salisbury Cathedral.

  4. elsergiovolador Silver badge

    Difference

    What's the difference between that and e.g. a big corporation that don't pay taxes (effectively stealing from all of us) and their owner casually going to space?

    I'd say enough money to make journalists afraid to point the obvious.

    1. Potemkine! Silver badge

      Re: Difference

      What's the difference between that and e.g. a big corporation that don't pay taxes (effectively stealing from all of us) and their owner casually going to space?

      You are comparing apples to utility poles/

      There are several differences. One is the big corporation doesn't do illegal things. It's immoral, but that's different. Also, the big corporation doesn't make money by extortion.

      That guy is a criminal, probably protected by local policed thanks to corruption. He will end in jail the minute he puts a foot outside Russia or a Russian-annexed land.

      1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

        Re: Difference

        One is the big corporation doesn't do illegal things. It's immoral, but that's different.

        How do you know that? Has HMRC properly investigated them?

        That guy is a criminal, probably protected by local policed thanks to corruption.

        Big corporation is also being protected.

      2. Cliffwilliams44 Bronze badge

        Re: Difference

        I fail to see the immorality of paying the least amount, which is "exactly" the amount of taxes you owe!

        Do you add a few extra thousand to you tax bill just to be a moral citizen?

        Fact, corporations do not pay taxes, they pass that expense on to their customers or reduce other expenses like LABOR!

  5. ComputerSays_noAbsolutelyNo
    Paris Hilton

    Op-Sec, Comm-Sec, and many other *-Secs are cruel mistresses

    This story goes, again, to show that classical police work is superior to the dumb "surveillance for everybody" approach.

  6. lglethal Silver badge
    Go

    Just an idea...

    Maybe a quick way to get him banged up, would be to report him to the Russian tax authorities. If there anything like the IRS or actually any tax authority I've had to deal with, they will be very thorough in making sure he's paid every cent owed ("The Man with the rubber glove was surprisingly gentle!"). And since I would be pretty certain he would have skimped a bit here and there, he's very likely I would imagine to be having a trip inside. At the very least it would be a very uncomfortable period for him, and it might shake a few dodgy dealings in Russia loose as well.

    1. LDS Silver badge
      Facepalm

      " to report him to the Russian tax authorities"

      LOL!

    2. Alan Brown Silver badge

      Re: Just an idea...

      " If there anything like the IRS or actually any tax authority I've had to deal with"

      Whilst some may think this is a joke, a Russian tax raid is a pretty serious matter involving flashbangs and masked men carrying machine guns. They don't mess around, mainly to prevent any evidence destruction.

      Of course they don't raid anyone tied to the kleptocratic leadership and they're far more likely to raid someone who displeased the Kremlin, but these are minor points - those who are "favourites" of the Kremlin can change to "enemies" at the flick of a switch, as Russian energy companies found out a few years ago. All that's needed for this to happen with the crypto gangs is to find the right leverage (right now they're _VERY_ careful not to attack Russian assets and it's been postulated that one way of hastening their demise might be a few false flag attacks emulating their activities)

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "He's got a Beemer, a Bitcoin watch and a swimming pool"

    He's got a CD player!

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