Interagency group publishes fact sheet on ransomware

On February 4, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the release of a new fact sheet on ransomware. The fact sheet is intended to educate the public on the current ransomware threat and the government’s response.

The fact sheet provides a review of what ransomware is, how it is used by criminal actors, and how ransomware impacts the general public. The fact sheet also provides information about what the government is doing to respond, and how to report a ransomware attack and file a complaint.

Suggested tips include backing up data and using multi-factor authentication, and the fact sheet urges the public to watch our for phishing campaigns, software vulnerabilities, and Remote Desktop Protocol vulnerabilities

The National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) published the fact sheet, convening an interagency group of subject matter experts from 15 U.S. agencies to focus on preventing and responding to ransomware attacks.

The NCIJTF is made up of over 30 agencies from across law enforcement, the intelligence community, and the Department of Defense, with representatives who are co-located and work jointly to accomplish the organization’s mission from a whole-of-government perspective.

To learn more about the NCIJTF Ransomware Fact Sheet, please follow the links below.
Ransomeware: What It Is & What To Do About It, National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force
The National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force Releases Ransomware Fact Sheet, Federal Bureau of Investigation

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