US investigating 100 types of ransomware, FBI director says

Beckers Health IT

Jackie Drees

The FBI is investigating about 100 different types of ransomware as the U.S. grapples with a sharp rise in cyberattacks, which FBI Director Christopher Wray compared to challenges posed by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, The Wall Street Journal reported.

"There are a lot of parallels, there's a lot of importance and a lot of focus by us on disruption and prevention," he told the Journal on June 3. "There's a shared responsibility, not just across government agencies, but across the private sector and even the average American."

The U.S. recently experienced two major ransomware attacks: In May, a ransomware attack shut down Colonial Pipeline, prompting the company to pay $4.4 million to regain control of its operations and restore gasoline services along the East Coast. Earlier this week, hackers took the world’s largest meat processor, JBS, hostage.

These ransomware hacks represent ...

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