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Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain

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The alert outlined the steps that organizations can take to protect themselves against the Conti ransomware variant.

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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a joint alert warning companies to be on guard against the Conti ransomware variant, noting that hundreds of groups around the globe had already fallen victim to it.

The alert came months after the FBI issued an alert outlining how the variant was used to target at least 16 healthcare and first responder networks.

While most targets of the Conti ransomware were in the U.S., others have also been targeted, including the Irish healthcare system.

Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “Ransomware has mushroomed significantly over the last year, and it’s on pace to mushroom again this year."

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