The number of ransomware attacks has gone down in recent months because sanctions against Russia are making it harder for cyber criminals to organise attacks and receive ransom payments, Rob Joyce director of cybersecurity at the National Security Agency (NSA) has revealed.
Some of the most significant ransomware events of the last year have hit targets in the United States, including the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, which restricted gas supplies for large parts of the country – and resulted in a ransom payment of millions of dollars being paid to cyber criminals.
“Ransomware is a huge aspect of where we learned cybersecurity is national security. And we’re seeing the criminal element push through and impacting not only the businesses, but all the way into governments and society at large,” said Joyce, speaking at the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) Cyber UK event in Newport, Wales.
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Many of the most notorious l ransomware gangs are suspected to run out of Russia – and Joyce suggested that sanctions against Russia because of the invasion of Ukraine are making life difficult for cyber criminals based in the country, which has led to a reduction in attacks, at least for now.
“One interesting trend we