Ransomware, Threat Management, Malware

FBI cyber team to help in massive Montenegro cyberattack probe

The FBI is set to deploy a cyber team to Montenegro to assist in the investigation of a massive cyberattack against the Balkan country, which resulted in the disruption of government systems and services, according to The Associated Press. The imminent arrival of the FBI cyber team indicates "the excellent cooperation between the United States of America and Montenegro and a proof that we can count on their support in any situation," said Montenegro's Ministry of Internal Affairs. Despite lacking evidence, Russia has been suspected by the country's Agency for National Security to be behind last week's attack, which involved both ransomware and distributed denial-of-service intrusions. However, the Cuba ransomware group has already admitted being responsible for part of the intrusion. Twelve state entities had 150 computers laced with malware following the attack, and while there was no permanent damage to Ministry of Public Administration data, certain retail tax collection was impacted, noted Montenegro Directorate for Information Security Director Dusan Polovic.

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