Police hurt a big hacker network – level 3

26-02-2024 07:00

An international police operation, dubbed Operation Kronos, successfully dismantled the LockBit ransomware group, notorious for its malicious activities.

Fourteen countries collaborated in the operation, leading to the closure of 34 servers primarily located in the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, France, Switzerland, Australia, the US, and the UK. Additionally, two individuals associated with the group were arrested in Poland and Ukraine. Over 200 cryptocurrency accounts linked to the criminal enterprise were frozen.

LockBit has inflicted substantial damage on thousands of victims worldwide, targeting various organizations, including government agencies, hospitals, schools, and high-profile companies. The group executed over 1,700 attacks globally. Experts hail the operation as the most significant ransomware disruption to date, underscoring its crucial role in combating cybercrime.

Difficult words: notorious (famous or well known, typically for some bad quality), inflict (to cause something unpleasant or painful), underscore (to emphasize the importance of something).

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What organizations were targeted by the LockBit ransomware group, and how many attacks did they execute globally before being successfully dismantled by Operation Kronos?


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