The Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is a financial intelligence and enforcement agency operated via the U.S. Treasury. (AgnosticPreachersKid, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Being coerced into paying a large ransomware demand is bad enough. Having to pay a large civil penalty on top of that for transacting with a federally sanctioned cybercriminal group is even worse.

Looking to avoid such fines, incident response (IR) experts are advocating for improvements to ransomware response protocols, including additional oversight and demonstrable due diligence, while also imploring the threat intelligence community to practice responsible threat-actor attribution.

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