Netwalker Ransomware Site, Emotet Botnet Taken Down in Global Effort

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Two of the most prolific cyber threats have been disrupted by global Federal efforts this week. The notorious Emotet botnet was taken down through a global collaboration, while the FBI and the Department of Justice seized the Netwalker ransomware hackers' dark web site used for communicating with victims.

Both of the actions occurred on Wednesday, January 27 and mark a significant hit to two massive threats that pummeled a range of sectors. Netwalker has been a particular bane to the healthcare industry.

It’s healthcare victims include the University of California San Francisco, which paid $1.14 million to the attackers for the return of data stolen from its School of Medicine in June 2020.

“Ransomware groups and other cybercriminals have been operating with almost...

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