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The US Government is expanding its efforts to cope with the rising global threat of ransomware attacks during the last few years, targeting critical infrastructure, small businesses, hospitals, police departments, schools, and more. 

Ransomware is a form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have united with federal partners to launch a new website designed to combat ransomware attacks, urging organizations to learn how to protect themselves from ransomware and reduce their cybersecurity risk.

The governmental StopRansomware.gov website serves as a hub for ransomware resources accessible to individuals, businesses, and other organizations and represents the first joint website designed to aid private and public organizations in reducing ransomware risk.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, of the Justice Department, said it was “critical for business leaders across industries to recognize the threat, prioritize efforts to harden their systems and work with law enforcement by reporting these attacks promptly.”

“Along with our partners in and outside of government, and through our Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force, the Department is working to bring all our tools to bear against these threats,” he was cited by homelandprepnews.com.