The FBI and law-enforcement partners kept secret the “Sodinokibi” (aka REvil) ransomware decryption key for almost three weeks after the Kaseya ransomware supply-chain attack of mid-2021. They cited an intention to prevent the Sodinokibi group’s discovery of a takedown operation; media outlets argue that an earlier release of the decryption key could have saved many victims time and money in their data recovery. Leading up to its contentious decision to withhold the key, the FBI likely weighed the value of collecting intelligence about Sodinokibi―and disrupting the group―against the needs of some victims. The media has called the decision unjust in hindsight, but without knowing the law-enforcement agencies’ full intentions, the best choice of action remains elusive.
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The 14th Five Year Plan (FYP) adopted by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in March 2021 has laid out key areas of focus for the country that are likely to prompt nation-state cyber espionage.
Several Clop members were arrested in association with money laundering, and the officials seized infrastructure the group has used in ransomware attacks globally.
The notorious Russia-based ransomware group “REvil” (aka Sodinokibi) has been blamed for the latest high-profile ransomware attack, on the world’s largest meat supplier.
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US President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order (EO) aimed at strengthening network security for US federal government departments, and agencies and contractors working with them.