Hacker group’s website taken over by regulation enforcement

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An on-line website run by a serious felony gang who organise ransomware cyber assaults seems to have been taken over by regulation enforcement.

The website belongs to the group LockBit.

It sells companies which permit folks to compromise laptop networks and maintain their information till a ransom is paid.

On Monday night, a message appeared on the location belonging to the group saying it’s “now under control of law enforcement”.

The message says that the “site is under the control of the National Crime Agency of the UK, working in close cooperation with the FBI and the international law enforcement task force, ‘Operation Cronos’.”

It provides that that is an “ongoing and developing operation” and provides: “Return here for more information at 11:30 GMT on Tuesday, February 20th”.

An image of the screen of LockBit's website, that reads "The site is now under control of law enforcement" alongside images of flags of various countries that participated in the operation

The operation was performed by Britain’s National Crime Agency, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol and a coalition of worldwide police businesses, in response to the put up on LockBit’s web site.

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has beforehand issued a warning in regards to the “enduring threat” posed by the group, alongside accomplice businesses within the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and New Zealand.

The assertion from final 12 months provides that LockBit’s eponymous software program was the “most deployed ransomware variant” internationally in 2022, and that it “continues to be prolific so far in 2023”.

LockBit has been concerned in lots of excessive profile hackings, together with the UK’s Royal Mail in early 2023. The group and its associates earn money by stealing delicate information and threatening to leak it except their victims pay a ransom.

LockBit was first found in 2020, in response to Reuters, when the software program surfaced on Russian language boards, main some analysts to consider the group relies in Russia.

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