LockBit Ransomware gang endorses Donald Trump as next US President

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The LockBit Ransomware gang, previously subdued by law enforcement agencies worldwide, has resurfaced with its trademark double extortion tactics, targeting businesses with file-encrypting malware attacks. Interestingly, the group’s leader, ‘LockbitSupp,’ has publicly endorsed Donald Trump as the next US President, citing his perceived ability to address potential challenges at the Mexico border, which the group views as critical. This endorsement comes amidst uncertainties regarding the Biden administration’s handling of border security.

Following the disruption of their operations by Britain’s NSC, in collaboration with the US FBI and Europol under Operation Cronos, it remains a mystery how the cybercriminal network managed to regroup and resume activities from scratch. Despite the apprehension of associates and the seizure of infrastructure, the group appears to have swiftly reestablished itself.

Recent discussions on platforms like Reddit highlight the audacity of the LockBit ransomware group, which reportedly threatened law enforcement agencies with the release of sensitive court documents related to Donald Trump. These documents were allegedly obtained during a ransomware attack on Fulton County’s digital repository in January 2024. Speculations suggest that the group leveraged this threat to regain control of its seized network without making any payments.

Furthermore, reports indicate that the gang is now demanding an undisclosed sum from law enforcement to prevent the dissemination of these court documents online. However, the veracity of these claims remains uncertain, raising questions about whether this is mere speculation or a tangible threat. If proven true, it would signify a concerning escalation in the tactics employed by the LockBit ransomware gang, as they now brazenly extort federal agencies for financial gain.

Only time will tell whether these developments are substantiated, underscoring the evolving landscape of cybercrime and the increasingly bold tactics adopted by ransomware groups like LockBit.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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