The United States Justice Department says a ransomware gang called Hive, which had targeted more than 1500 victims in 80 countries, has been disrupted.
US says Hive ransomware gang taken down
The FBI says it has secretly hacked and disrupted a prolific ransomware gang called Hive, a manoeuvre that allowed the bureau to thwart the group from collecting more than $US130 million ($A183 million) in ransomware demands from more than 300 victims.
At a news conference, US Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy US Attorney General Lisa Monaco said government hackers broke into Hive’s network and put the gang under surveillance, surreptitiously stealing the digital keys the group used to unlock victim organisations’ data.
They were then able to alert victims in advance so they could take steps to protect their systems before Hive demanded the payments.
“Using lawful means, we hacked the hackers,” Monaco told reporters.