Congress demands briefing from FBI on decision not to share Kaseya decryption keys

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The US House Committee on Oversight and Reform has demanded a briefing with the FBI to determine whether it was justified in withholding the Kaseya ransomware decryption keys.

Committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney and ranking member Rep. James Comer sent a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray asking him to appear before Congress to explain the FBI’s actions in the case. 

The FBI’s decision to keep the REvil ransomware decryption key from victims of the attack on Kaseya has caused a furor among some victims and experts who questioned the organization’s judgement.

“Public reporting raises questions about the FBI’s response to this summer’s ransomware attack. The FBI has stated that it withheld the ransomware key it had previously acquired so the Bureau could engage in an operation to disrupt the Russian-based hackers without tipping them off. Before the FBI could execute its plan, however, the hackers reportedly disappeared and their platform went offline. During this delay, many businesses, schools,

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