U.S. Justice Department is Launching a Ransomware Taskforce
Attacks continue to climb
The U.S. Justice Department has created a new task force dedicated to rooting out and responding to the growing threat of ransomware, according to an agency memo obtained by CNN Business.
The new initiative follows what the memo describes as the worst year ever for ransomware attacks — incidents in which hackers seize control of victims' computers and refuse to unlock them until they receive a payment.
The DOJ effort highlights how cybersecurity threats have become a major focus of the Biden administration, particularly following other recent high-profile network security incidents such as the Russian-backed SolarWinds hacking campaign and the Microsoft Exchange server vulnerabilities that Microsoft has attributed to Chinese hackers.
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