FBI Director Christopher Wray said the agency is investigating nearly 100 different types of ransomware, many of which go back to hackers in Russia, and compared the current wave of cyberattacks to the challenge of the attacks. terrorists of September 11, 2001.
“There are a lot of parallels, there’s a lot of importance and a lot of attention on our part in disruption and prevention,” Wray said in an interview on Thursday. “There is a shared responsibility, not only between government agencies, but also between the private sector and even the average American.”
Mr. Wray’s comments, among the first published since two recent ransomware attacks took over the meat and oil and gas industries in the United States, come when senior Biden administration officials have characterized the ransomware as an urgent national security threat and they said they were looking for ways to disrupt the criminal ecosystem that supports the booming industry. Each of the 100 different malware variants is responsible for several ransomware attacks in the United States, Wray said.