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Comment from WithSecure spokesperson on: LockBit ransomware crew claiming an attack on California Department of Finance

December 2022 by Neeraj Singh, Research & Development Manager, WithSecure Intelligence

Following the news of LockBit ransomware crew claiming another attack on California Department of Finance; Neeraj Singh a Research & Development Manager from WithSecure highlights the numerous attacks by LockBit in the past few months, and the ever-growing importance of government agencies strengthen their cybersecurity strategies. Neeraj Singh, Research & Development Manager, WithSecure Intelligence:


During the past few months LockBit has been the group most actively targeting enterprise organizations and government agencies. They reportedly have the highest number of victims compared to other ransomware groups. Lockbit often uses purchased access through affiliates and unpatched vulnerabilities to gain access to networks. To expand their attack surface, earlier this year, LockBit also started targeting Linux and VMWare ESXi-based systems. If claims about data exfiltration are true it is a reminder that government agencies should continuously work on strengthen their cybersecurity strategies.

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