Senior Justice Ministry official predicts more arrests in crackdown on ransomware and cybercrime

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco has said the United States should expect a crackdown on ransomware attacks and cybercrime as the Department of Justice (DOJ) steps up efforts in this area.

Monaco told The Associated Press in an interview this week that the United States will see an increase in arrests of individuals and seizures of ransoms linked to cybercrimes that have plagued the country.

“In the days and weeks to come, you are going to see more arrests, more seizures, and you will see more operations as we did last week,” Monaco said, referring to the extradition of ‘a suspected Russian cybercriminal. criminal actor who was in hiding in South Korea to face charges in the United States

She said the message the Justice Department is trying to get across is that “if you come for us, we will come for you.”

Monaco’s comments come after US companies have been targeted with crippling ransomware attacks in recent months.

Colonial Pipeline, a network that supplies about 45% of the east coast’s fuel, suffered a harmful cyberattack in May that shut down operations for several days.

The company ultimately paid the hackers nearly $ 5 million. In June, the DOJ collected $ 2.3 million in cryptocurrency through the payment.

Asked about the frequency of ransomware attacks originating in Russia, Monaco said Justice Ministry officials “haven’t seen any significant change in the landscape, only time will tell what Russia can do about it. forehead”.

“But we will continue to do our job. We are not going to stop, we are going to continue to push to hold accountable those who seek to attack our industries, take our data hostage and threaten national security, economic security, personal security. She added.


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