Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, the head of Cyber Command, said a new cross-functional effort has been gathering intelligence to combat criminal groups targeting U.S. infrastructure.
As reported in the NY Times, the U.S. military has taken actions against ransomware groups as part of its surge against organizations launching attacks against American companies. This was the first public acknowledgment of offensive measures against such organizations.
Security agencies across the US government have ramped up their pursuit of ransomware groups after hacks brought Colonial Pipeline, a major transporter of US fuel, and a major meat processor to a standstill earlier this year. The US government had taken numerous offensive steps in response to ransomware, including compromising and surveilling cybercriminal networks, according to sources familiar with the situation.
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