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US official highlights role of encryption in hacking scheme

November 30, 2018, Global Data Review

Trisha Anderson is quoted in Global Data Review regarding cyber and ransomware attacks. Ms. Anderson said that while the use of technologies like Tor and Bitcoin pose challenges to law enforcement by “raising the level of investigative effort and sophistication required to identify and locate cyber criminals,” the indictment in the SamSam Ransomware cyberattacks shows that these challenges are not “insurmountable”. She says, “to date, ransomware attacks more commonly have been associated with nation states or those working on their behalf. In addition, previous ransomware attacks, such as WannaCry, have been indiscriminate in nature.” She adds, “By contrast, the DOJ indictment reveals a ransomware scheme by cyber criminals targeting specific municipalities, hospitals, and other health care institutions based on advance reconnaissance of these entities’ networks.”

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