The Rise Of Ransomware
Cyber crime is a threat to national security, to the health of the national economy, and to the personal safety of Americans, said U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Ransomware attacks, in which transnational attackers hold IT systems hostage and demand a ransom, have been targeted at critical infrastructure, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, schools, municipalities, and businesses of all sizes, he said.
“Meeting this threat requires a whole of government approach,” he said. “Together with our partners, the Justice Department is sparing no resource to identify and bring to justice anyone, anywhere, who targets the United States with a ransomware attack.”
Multinational software company Kaseya and its customers were attacked on July 2 by REvil, one of the most prolific strains of ransomware, Garland said.
“To date, REvil ransomware has been deployed on approximately 175,000 computers worldwide, with at least $200 million paid in ransom,” he said. “As a result of the Kaseya attack, businesses that relied on Kaseya services across the United States and around the world were impacted.”