U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger

“For years, LockBit associates have deployed these kinds of attacks again and again across the United States and around the world,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland “Today, U.S. and U.K. law enforcement are taking away the keys to their criminal operation.” Courtesy of the The United States Department of Justice, via Facebook and YouTube.)
“Today’s actions are another down payment on our pledge to continue dismantling the ecosystem fueling cybercrime by prioritizing disruptions and placing victims first,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco.  “Using all our authorities and working alongside partners in the United Kingdom and around the world, we have now destroyed the online backbone of the LockBit group, one of the world’s most prolific ransomware gangs.”
Law enforcement officials from 11 countries including the U.S. joined forces to disrupt the activities of major cybercrime group Lockbit, considered one of the most dreaded, most prolific and often most harmful team of cybercriminals. The U.S. Department of Justice says Lockbit made over $120 million by holding victims’ data for ransom.