Global law enforcement effort cracks down on LockBit ransomware group : NPR

A screenshot taken on February 19, 2024 shows a takedown notice that a group of global intelligence agencies sent to a dark website called Lockbit.

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A screenshot taken on February 19, 2024 shows a takedown notice that a group of global intelligence agencies sent to a dark website called Lockbit.

Handout/via Reuters

Law enforcement officials from eleven countries have joined forces to disrupt the activities of a major cybercrime group.

Among those in the cybersecurity researcher community, the group known as Lockbit is considered one of the most feared, most prolific, and often most damaging teams of cybercriminals. The Justice Department says Lockbit has made more than $120 million by holding victims’ data for ransom.

Lockbit sells access to its destructive malware so that customers can launch ransomware attacks, holding victims’ data hostage in exchange for payment. If victims don’t pay, the group often publicly dumps sensitive data in what is known as double extortion.

Britain’s National Crime Agency says it has taken control of the group’s internal servers, as well as its public website. Two arrests have been made: in Ukraine and in Poland. The group is already threatening reconstruction, but this operation should seriously hamper their ability to carry out attacks for the time being.

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