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Ragnar Locker ransomware developer arrested in France
2023-10-20 15:58

Law enforcement agencies arrested a malware developer linked with the Ragnar Locker ransomware gang and seized the group's dark web sites in a joint international operation.

Authorities from France, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Canada, and the United States were part of this international operation targeting the Ragnar Locker ransomware gang.

The Ragnar Locker ransomware gang is believed to have carried out attacks against 168 international companies globally since 2020.

"This service has been seized as part of a coordinated law enforcement action against the Ragnar Locker group," a banner displayed on Ragnar Locker's data leak site reads.

The Ragnar Locker ransomware operation surfaced in late December 2019 when it started targeting enterprise victims worldwide.

In contrast to many modern ransomware gangs, Ragnar Locker did not operate as a Ransomware-as-a-Service, where affiliates are recruited to breach targets' networks and deploy the ransomware in exchange for a share of the revenue.

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