The FBI hacked into the well-known ransomware "Hive" and successfully prevented victims from paying high ransoms.
[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] The FBI hacked into the well-known ransomware "Hive" and successfully prevented more than 300 victims from paying more than US$130 million (about NT$3.9 billion) in ransom.
Hive will encrypt corporate data and ask victims to pay a high ransom.
According to a Reuters report, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) held a press conference on the 26th, announcing that government hackers had successfully hacked into the well-known ransomware "Hive", secretly monitored its actions, and reminded the victims of the extortion in advance to let them Ability to take action before Hive demands a ransom.
"We used legitimate means to hack into Hive," said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco.
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After the FBI hacked into Hive, it also added a warning sign to its website, "The FBI has seized this website as part of a law enforcement action against Hive."
In addition to the US, Hive's servers were also seized in Germany and the Netherlands.
The U.S. Department of Justice stated that in recent years, Hive has extorted more than US$100 million (approximately NT$3 billion) from more than 1,500 victims in 80 countries.