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DOJ is Now Treating Ransomware Like Terrorism – Are You?

Updated: Jul 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Justice indicated yesterday, that going forward, it will use a similar approach to dealing with legal cases involving ransomware as it does for terrorism. This will apply across public and private sector target organizations, using protocols that enable greater unification between agencies and more rapid response for tracking down the perpetrators. This change to its protocols is a strong indication that the federal government has realized the extent of the threat posed by ransomware and similar campaigns. Cyber attacks have now reached a level of impact to the livelihoods of its citizens similar to the threat posed by actors bent on wreaking physical havoc through the use of explosive devices, hijackings, and armed assaults against masses of people.

Cyber attacks have now reached a level of impact ... similar to the threat posed by [terrorists].

A memo issued by the Deputy Attorney General, Lisa Monaco, Thursday, 3 June 2021, directed U.S. prosecutors to “report all ransomware investigations they may be working on.” Monaco explained, “We must enhance and centralize our internal tracking of investigations and prosecutions of ransomware groups and the infrastructure and networks that allow these threats to persist. (1)

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