UK and US hack the hackers to bring down LockBit crime gang

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Four arrests, including in Poland and Ukraine, and victims will be helped to recover encrypted data

A massive law enforcement operation has seized the “command and control” infrastructure for the international ransomware group LockBit, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed on Tuesday, and will repurpose the technology to expose the group’s operations to the world.

The joint operation, between the NCA, the FBI, Europol and a coalition of international police agencies, was revealed with a post on LockBit’s own website, which read: “This site is now under the control of the National Crime Agency of the UK, working in close cooperation with the FBI and the international law enforcement taskforce Operation Cronos.”

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