Hive ransomware was seized after a joint US-German law enforcement crackdown that thwarted $130 million in demands for payment from more than 1,500 victims around the world, according to law enforcement authorities.
The FBI penetrated the group’s website starting in July, captured its decryption keys and offered them to victims in 80 countries, which included hospitals, schools, financial firms and critical infrastructure, according to the US Justice Department. The US then coordinated with law enforcement in Germany and the Netherlands.
“The Justice Department will spare no resource to identify and bring to justice anyone anywhere who targets the United States with a ransomware attack,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference in Washington on Thursday. “Together with our international partners we will continue to disrupt the criminal networks that deploy these attacks.
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