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US DoJ Hacks Back.

Posted on 27th January 2023

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I was pleasantly surprised by this story on the BBC, which describes the Department of Justice's (DoJ) campaign of over 6 months hacking the cyber-crime organisation Hive.

The FBI managed to gain deep access to the Hive ransomware group in late July 2022. The were the able to warn victims of impending attacks. They also gave more than 300 decryption keys to victims, saving them more than $130m.

The US DoJ said it had taken down Hive's websites and communication networks, working with other national police forces including in Germany and the Netherlands.

We need more of this proactivity.