The U.S. government finally decides to get serious about ransomware

All it took was a fundamental disruption to the nation’s fuel supply and a threat to meat, but the U.S. Department of Justice is finally going to start taking ransomware seriously. Or, at least more seriously.

So reports Reuters, which on Thursday noted that the DOJ is “elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism.” This move, in part, will involve coordinating responses to ransomware with a single task force in Washington D.C.

Ransomware is a form of digital extortion that involves encrypting a victim’s files and then offering to provide a decryption key for a price, typically paid in cryptocurrency.  Read more…

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