All CISAC News Commentary August 1, 2021

‘It’s quite feasible to start a war’: just how dangerous are ransomware hackers?

The Russian government has an arrangement w/cyber-mobs who are active outside Russia: if you hack a Russian system, you’re in trouble. “My guess is that Putin gets a cut,” Herb Lin says.
System Hacked computer screen
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They have the sort of names that only teenage boys or aspiring Bond villains would dream up (REvil, Grief, Wizard Spider, Ragnar), they base themselves in countries that do not cooperate with international law enforcement and they don’t care whether they attack a hospital or a multinational corporation. Ransomware gangs are suddenly everywhere, seemingly unstoppable – and very successful.

Read the rest at The Guardian