Foiling Cybercrime Around the World – An Interview with a Cybercrime Investigator

The threat of ransomware has grown dramatically in recent years. The recent emergence of ransomware as a service (RaaS) has made it possible for those with little technical know-how to purchase pre-made ransomware kits on the Dark Web, which they can easily push out to countless targets. According to our own global telemetry, ransomware incidents spiked nearly 500% last year and show no signs of slowing, with numerous ransomware attacks to critical infrastructure and supply chains having already occurred in 2021. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports that the collective costs of ransomware attacks reached $29.1 million in 2020, up more than 200% from the year prior.

To help organizations and individuals understand how to better protect themselves and become more resilient against cyber threats like ransomware, we spoke with Catalin Cosoi, Senior Director, Investigations and Forensics at Bitdefender. As a ransomware expert and cybersecurity investigator, Catalin is one of the many cybersecurity heroes working behind the scenes at Bitdefender to not only make our solutions and services better, but also stop cybercrime in its tracks. Catalin and his team work closely with law enforcement agencies around the world – including Interpol, Europol and the FBI – to

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