WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – The United States and Britain have imposed sanctions against seven leading members of a notorious Russian hacking gang known as Trickbot, officials announced on Friday.
Trickbot’s malicious software at one point was counted among one of the internet’s most pernicious security threats, capable of stealing financial data, spreading across networks, and dropping ransom software.
The group behind it was seen as particularly ruthless. In its announcement outlining the move, the U.S. Treasury noted that, “during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Trickbot targeted hospitals and healthcare centers, launching a wave of ransomware attacks against hospitals across the United States.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the United States and Britain were “committed to using all available authorities to defend against cyber threats.” British officials hailed the first-of-its-kind deployment of sanctions against cybercriminals and said it was just the “first wave” in “new coordinated action” against such groups.
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