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Global law enforcement seizes LockBit Ransomware’s Darknet domains

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LockBit Ransomware’s Darknet Domains Seized in Global Law Enforcement Raid

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  • Law enforcement operation led to the seizure of darknet domains operated by LockBit, a prolific ransomware group.
  • Operation Cronos involved authorities from 11 countries, exploiting a critical security flaw impacting PHP to take down LockBit’s websites.

LockBit Ransomware’s Darknet Domains Seized in Global Law Enforcement Raid

An international law enforcement operation has led to the seizure of multiple darknet domains operated by LockBit, one of the most prolific ransomware groups. The effort, codenamed Operation Cronos, involved authorities from 11 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., working together to dismantle LockBit’s infrastructure.

LockBit, which has been active since 2019, has extorted at least $91 million from U.S. organizations alone and claimed over 2,000 victims. The takedown of LockBit’s darknet domains comes as a significant blow to the ransomware group’s operations, following similar actions against other cybercriminal organizations.

The seizure of the domains was made possible by exploiting a critical security flaw in PHP, allowing law enforcement agencies to take control of the websites and gather crucial information about LockBit’s operations, victims, and illicit activities. This coordinated effort is part of ongoing initiatives to crack down on cybercrime and protect organizations and individuals from ransomware attacks.

While there have been no reports of arrests or sanctions related to the operation, the takedown of LockBit’s darknet domains marks a significant milestone in the fight against ransomware and cybercrime. It sends a clear message to other threat actors that law enforcement agencies are actively targeting and disrupting illicit activities in the digital space.


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