U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked FBI Director James Comey how the FBI is tackling the increasing problem of “ransomware” attacks in a letter. Ransomware attacks refer to the growing criminal practice of hacking Americans’ devices, encrypting personal information and holding it for ransom through ransomware software commonly known as Cryptolocker and Cryptowall.
“With this problem becoming increasingly widespread, the FBI should explore all legal options for stopping the successful use of ransomware. Not only should these efforts focus on cyber criminals conducting encryption attacks, they should also target the ransom payments from victims to cyber criminals,” Wyden wrote. “As we continue to live in a global economy driven by Internet communications, the need to stop bad actors becomes more important every day.”Read the full article and discuss it »