DOJ says it disrupted a major global ransomware group
Breaking: DOJ takes down global ransomware group
In a press conference held earlier this morning, the US Department of Justice announced that they had successfully disrupted a major international ransomware ring. The criminal group had been linked to the spread of ransomware in at least four countries and had caused untold amounts of damage and disruption.
In a statement, the DOJ said that the group had earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by using a variety of ransomware attacks. These included locking computer systems, encrypting data, and threatening to release stolen information unless ransom payments were made.
To the Rescue!
Luckily, the DOJ was able to act quickly and efficiently to take down the global ransomware gang. They worked with international law enforcement partners to identify and arrest those responsible and seized their computers, bank accounts, and digital currency wallets.
The suspects have been charged with several offenses, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering, and disguising the source of money.
As a result of the disruption, victims of the ransomware extortion were able to get their data back and are no longer vulnerable to further attack. The DOJ also warned that the group may have affected more victims than previously thought and encouraged those impacted to come forward and report the incident.
What You Can Do To Protect Yourself
While the DOJ’s actions are certainly laudable, we all need to be extra vigilant and take steps to protect ourselves from falling victim to ransomware attacks. Here are a few simple steps you can take to stay safe:
- Use strong passwords. Make sure to use a unique, complex password for each of your online accounts. Use a password manager to keep track of them.
- Back up regularly. Schedule regular backups of your data and make sure to store it in a secure location. This way, if your system is compromised, you can restore it without having to pay the ransom.
- Keep your computer updated. Install any available software updates as soon as they become available. This will help to protect your system from known security vulnerabilities.
- Avoid suspicious links. Be careful about clicking on links in emails or websites. If it seems suspicious, don’t open it.
So there you have it: yet another ransomware group has been disrupted by the DOJ and the world is a better place for it. Just remember to keep your computer secure and you’ll be all set.