Justice Department convenes task force to tackle wave of ransomware attacks

Justice Department convenes task force to tackle wave of ransomware attacks

Posted April 21, 2021

Justice Department convenes task force to tackle wave of ransomware attacks

  • The Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force will be made of officials from the agency’s National Security Division, Criminal Division, Civil Division, Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and FBI.
  • The task force will also create and implement a strategy to combat the criminal enterprise involved in ransomware attacks along with strengthening public-private partnerships between the Justice Department and the private sector to address ransomware attacks and furthering collaboration with international partners.
  • The task force was convened following a year that saw a huge increase in ransomware attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic against groups including hospitals, schools and other critical organizations, with cyber criminals targeting vulnerable organizations to make money.
  • DHS announced in March that combating ransomware would be the focus of the first of several 60-day cybersecurity sprints the Department of Homeland Security would take on, with Mayorkas stressing the need to confront the “national security threat” of ransomware.

– Maggie Miller | April 21, 2021