‘Most active’ ransomware gang taken down by Britain’s National Crime Agency | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

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Britain’s National Crime Agency has seized the online infrastructure of the ‘most active’ global ransomware gang, it was announced today.

Specialist NCA cyber law enforcement teams have led an effort involving 11 international partners – including the FBI and Europol – to shut down the dark web site of Lockbit.

The illicit site, described last year by NCC Group’s Global Threat Intelligence report as one of the world’s best known cybercrime groups, was this morning taken offline following the sting.

In a short statement on the site, the law enforcement agencies appeared to signal the success of Operation Cronos in taking down the gang, thought to be of Russian origin.

It read: “This site is now 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.”

The statement added: “We can confirm that Lockbit’s services have been disrupted as a result of International Law Enforcement action – this is an ongoing and developing operation.”

The NCA took control of Lockbit’s dark web site domain

Lockbit, formed in 2019, listed hundreds of victims from around the world on a series of underground dark web sits. Its UK based targets included Royal Mail, car dealer network Pendragon and in October last year Aberdeen law firm Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace.

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