What Is Conti Ransomware?
According to Rewards for Justice – the organization within the US State Department responsible for significant national security threats, Conti refers to a Russian government-linked ransomware group which target U.S. and Western critical infrastructure. Typically, Conti operators steal files, encrypt workstations and servers in order to force victims to pay ransoms as high as $25 million, by threatening to sell or release their stolen data.
The group, also known as Wizard Spider, announced its support of the Russian government earlier this year, and threatened to attack “critical infrastructure organizations of countries perceived to carry out cyberattacks or war against the Russian government”, causing the US Department of State to then label the group as a national threat.
While some of their own secrets were released a data breach known as the “Conti Leaks” earlier this year, the group still remain a huge national threat.
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