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eThinker: Cybersecurity, Good News and Bad

Every now and then, the good guys win. That must be how it felt when members of the Hive Ransomware criminal gang clicked on their dark website and got the following message: “This hidden site has been seized. The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized this site as part of a coordinated law enforcement action taken against Hive Ransomware.”

In late January, the FBI, working with law enforcement agencies in Germany and the Netherlands, wrapped up a months-long operation to thwart the infamous ransomware group known for extorting hospitals, school districts and critical infrastructure. 

Taking down the website was just the latest legal assault against Hive. Last year, the FBI said it penetrated the gang’s computer networks, captured its decryption keys and provided those keys to victims around the world, saving their victims from collectively paying $130 million in ransom.

As delightful as this takedown is, this is no time to relax, because the bad guys aren’t relaxing either. Among the methods Hive used to gain access to computer systems were single-factor account logins and phishing emails. Talk to us about updating your security protocols and warn your users to be vigilant.

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