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Ransomware: a group of countries commit to cooperate and apply best practices

2021-10-14T17:03:13.088Z

A group of 31 countries gathered at the initiative of the United States on Thursday pledged to cooperate more to prevent and counter computer attacks ...



A group of 31 countries convened at the initiative of the United States on Thursday pledged to cooperate more to prevent and counter ransomware attacks, as well as to share a series of best practices.

Read alsoRansomware: Washington wants to unite the international response

The document was released after a two-day meeting hosted by the White House National Security Council, which did not invite Russia and China, considered by many scholars to be two of the countries. home to the world's most active hacker communities.

Washington is seeking to go on the offensive and better coordinate the response to the ransomware attacks, which have escalated in recent months.

Delegations

“recognized”

the importance of international cooperation on the subject, including through the sharing of information relating to suspicious activity or financial transactions that may be linked to ransomware attacks.

"Responsive and regular collaboration"

The ransomware attack involves hackers breaking into an entity's computer network and then locking down the data. The authors then ask the entity's officials to pay a ransom, most often in the form of cryptocurrency, in exchange for the unlocking.

"Ransomware criminal activity is often transnational in nature and requires reactive and regular collaboration between judicial authorities, national security organs, cybersecurity agencies and financial crime units,"

Counter Ransomware said. Initiative, which brings together the countries that participated in the meeting. The group is also committed to

"sharing lessons and best practices"

in the face of ransomware attacks.

The countries involved also plan to work with private companies, in part to promote the sharing of information on incidents.

Several ransomware attacks have made headlines in recent months, including the one that targeted US computer company Kaseya in July.

By attacking this company, hackers gained access to more than a thousand companies it provides services around the world.

In early May, an attack targeted the American company Colonial Pipeline, disrupting the distribution of fuel in the United States.

It had provoked a strong reaction from the authorities and part of the ransom paid, $ 4.4 million, had been recovered.

Source: lefigaro

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