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The US Department of Justice is reportedly looking to undermine ransomware extortion schemes, with a multipronged approach.

The Department of Justice has formed a new task force aimed at tackling the growing threat of ransomware in the US, according to a Wednesday report from The Wall Street Journal. The multiagency effort involves a collaboration with private sector and international partners in a bid to undermine the ransomware distribution chain, the Journal said.
Citing an internal memorandum issued this week, the Journal reports that Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin is looking to use a multipronged approach to undermine ransomware extortion schemes. Prosecutions are part of the plan, as is a DOJ effort to bring down the digital shops that support the attacks: the hosting services behind ransomware campaigns, and the online forums where hackers can find ransomware for sale.