‘No indication’ Russia has cracked down on ransomware gangs, top FBI official says

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The FBI’s No. 2 on Tuesday said the agency has seen no evidence that the Russian government has moved against ransomware gangs operating on its soil.

“Based on what we’ve seen, I would say there is no indication that the Russian government has taken action to crack down on ransomware actors that are operating in the permissive environment that they’ve created there” since bilateral talks began with the Biden administration earlier this year, FBI deputy director Paul Abbate said during a panel discussion at a summit in National Harbor, Maryland hosted by the AFCEA International and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

He added that the U.S. has asked for “help and cooperation” with those cybercriminals it knows to be operating inside of Russia, including those who have indictments against them, but received nothing in return.

“I would say that nothing’s changed in that regard,” he said.

Abbate’s comments are

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