The It’s About Time Department — Hackers Hacked & the Operation Sacked

The ransomware group is called Hive. They’ve been hacking and attacking people for too long. The FBI says their ransomware has gotten more than $130 million from over 300 victims in the U.S. and over $100 million from 1,500 victims in 80 other countries.

No more says U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Lisa Monaco and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Using some legal maneuvers, government cyber wizards worked their way into the hacker’s system and found digital keys to unlock the Hive’s data banks.

Monaco said once they had the data, potential victims were notified so they could find ways to protect themselves from an attack. “Using lawful means, we hacked the hackers,” Monaco told reporters. “We turned the tables on Hive.”

Just after the government’s attack, the Hive’s website flashed a message that said, “The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized this site as part of coordinated law enforcement action taken against Hive Ransomware.”

Apparently, the criminals from Hive were working out of Germany. That nation’s Police Commissioner Udo Vogel said Hive’s servers were grabbed by the German Federal Criminal Police and the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit.

“Intensive cooperation across national borders and continents, characterized by mutual trust, is the key to fighting serious cybercrime effectively,” he said.

At the news conference announcing the attack on Hive, Garland, Monaco and Wray said the group was one of the most prolific cybercriminal groups working today. While no arrests were made, the three said we need to “stay tuned.”

Source link: Insurance Journal —

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