FBI says it ‘hacked the hackers’ of a ransomware service, saving victims $130 million

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The Division of Justice introduced this week that FBI brokers efficiently disrupted Hive, a infamous ransomware group, and prevented $130 million price of ransom campaigns that targets now not want to think about paying. Whereas claiming the Hive group has been chargeable for concentrating on over 1,500 victims in over 80 nations worldwide, the division now reveals it had infiltrated the group’s community for months earlier than working with German and Netherlands officers to close down Hive servers and web sites this week.

“Merely put, utilizing lawful means, we hacked the hackers,” Deputy Lawyer Common Lisa Monaco remarked throughout a press convention.

The FBI claims that by covertly hacking into Hive servers, it was in a position to quietly snatch up over…

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