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The US Attorney General has announced on that the FBI has dismantled a network of prolific ransomware actors, saving close to 130 million dollars in ransom payments for hospitals and school districts alike that were targeted by the aforementioned ransomware actors.
Officials said the targeted syndicate, known as Hive, operates one of the world’s top five ransomware networks and has heavily targeted hospitals and other health care providers. The FBI quietly gained access to its control panel in July and was able to obtain software keys to decrypt the network of some 1,300 victims globally, said FBI Director Christopher Wray. Officials credited German police and other international partners.
It was not immediately clear how the takedown will affect Hive’s long-term operations, as officials did not announce any arrests but said they were building a map of Hive’s administrators, who manage the software, and affiliates, who infect targets and negotiate with victims, to pursue prosecutions.
“Cybercrime is a constantly evolving threat, but as I have said before, the Justice Department will spare no resource to bring to justice anyone anywhere that targets the United States with a ransomware attack,” said the US Attorney General.
He continued to say that thanks to the infiltration, led by the FBI’s Tampa office, agents were able to disrupt a Hive attack against a Texas school district, stopping it from making a $5 million payment, according to securityweek.com.
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