Russia’s security service has arrested and dismantled the ransomware crime group REvil at the request of the United States.

The arrest came after Russia conducted a special operation against the hacker group members, Reuters reported, citing the FSB—Russia’s domestic intelligence service—released on Friday, Jan. 14.

The FSB said on Friday that its domestic intelligence operation and police detained 14 people after searching 25 addresses, seizing $600,000 of computer equipment and 20 luxury cars.

“The organized criminal association has ceased to exist and the information infrastructure used for criminal purposes was neutralized,” the agency said.

The FSB said that Washington has been informed of the steps taken by Russia.

This is a rare collaboration between Russia and the United States as the two countries are facing conflicts over the Ukraine crisis.

The United States, which had sought to detain REvil group, welcomed the arrests.

In November, the United States said it offered up to $10 million rewards for information leading to the identification or location of anyone holding a key position in the hacking group.

Following the arrests, a Moscow court on Saturday remanded custody for two months six more suspected members of REvil group over illegal trafficking of funds, according to Reuters.

The six suspects are identified as Mikhail Golovachuk, Ruslan Khansvyarov, Dmitry Korotayev, Alexei Malozemov, Artyom Zayets and Daniil Puzyrevsky.

A source said that the REvil members with Russian citizenship would not be handed over to the United States.

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