Microsoft and a team of companies and law enforcement groups have disabled — at least temporarily — one of the world’s largest hacking operations, an effort run by Russian-speaking cybercriminals that officials feared could disrupt the presidential election in three weeks.
In recent weeks, the U.S. military has mounted an operation to temporarily disrupt what is described as the world’s largest botnet — one used also to drop ransomware, which officials say is one of the top threats to the 2020 election.
Cyberattacks that seize control of computers and hold them for ransom are on the rise, with the United States seeing a doubling of so-called “ransomware” attacks over the last three months compared to the previous quarter, according to Check Point Research, a cybersecurity firm.
Hackers are freezing information and demanding ransom. Who is behind this, and what can be done?