Deputy Director Paul Abbate Statement on LockBit Ransomware Group

The DOJ, U.K., and international law enforcement partners announced the disruption of the LockBit ransomware group, one of the most active ransomware groups in the world that has targeted over 2,000 victims, received more than $120 million in ransom payments, and made ransom demands totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Today’s announcement marks an extraordinary win for the FBI and our law enforcement partners around the globe.

In addition to disrupting the LockBit ransomware group at every level, we are also providing assistance and support to victims of the largest and most-deployed ransomware variant around the world.

It is difficult to say exactly how many victims of LockBit there are, but we estimate in 2023 alone, there were 1,000 victims just in the United States.  

The FBI is currently reaching out to each of the victims we know about, to share possible decryption capabilities.  

If you think you may be a victim, please go to our IC3 website or contact your local FBI field office. 

We can work with you to share information on LockBit and indicators of compromise, as well as decryption capabilities if needed.

The bottom line is this: If you are a victim of ransomware, the FBI is on your side and is working to help you.

For those criminal elements who attempt to exploit online services and damage companies and harm innocent people who are just trying to conduct business and live their lives, we will continue to work relentlessly with our partners around the world to find you, shut you down, and bring you to justice.

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