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The LockBit ransomware group is threatening to release Fulton County Court documents related to Donald Trump’s case unless an undisclosed ransom payment is made today, February 29.

In a rambling statement published by the Russian-speaking LockBit ransomware group, it has been claimed that stolen documents from the Fulton County Court “contain a lot of interesting things” regarding Donald Trump’s court case “that could affect the upcoming U.S. election.” Originally giving Fulton County until Saturday, March 2 to pay an undisclosed ransom amount, Business Insider reports that this has now been moved forward to today.

LockBit Bounces Back From FBI Takedown

Only days after the highly-publicized takedown of the prolific ransomware criminal gang known as LockBit, the group appears to have already made a comeback. Operation Cronos, a joint venture between the FBI, Europol and the NCA, was announced February 20 as being successful in taking control of LockBit’s infrastructure and data.

In my report for Forbes, Javvad Malik, the lead security awareness advocate at cybersecurity training specialist KnowBe4, said that “we must consider the resilience of these cybercriminal enterprises; history has shown us time and again their ability to adapt, evolve, and resurface under new guises.” Malik was almost right, although no new guise appears to have been adopted.

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Ransomware Gang Endorses Trump For President

The criminal who heads up the LockBit ransomware group, who goes by the name of LockbitSupp, posted a long and rambling statement on the dark web, which appears to be an attempt to slap back at law enforcement. As well as threatening to “attack the .gov sector more often and more,” the criminal hacker suggests that the takedown was politically motivated rather than being a straightforward law enforcement operation.

“The FBI decided to hack now for one reason only,” LockbitSupp says, “because they didn’t want to leak information from Fulton County.” Documents allegedly stolen by LockBit during a January 27 ransomware attack, “contain a lot of interesting things and Donald Trump’s court cases that could affect the upcoming U.S. election,” the statement continues. These documents would have already been released, as ransom negotiations stalled, LockbitSupp says, adding that “had it not been for the election situation, the FBI would have continued to sit on my server waiting for any leads to arrest me and my associates.”

LockbitSupp also took the opportunity to endorse Donald Trump for President: “Personally I will vote for Trump because the situation on the border with Mexico is some kind of nightmare, Biden should retire, he is a puppet.”

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I have reached out to Fulton County for a statement.

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