US To Sanction Ransomware Payments With Crypto

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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The Biden administration might issue the sanctions as soon as next week.

New Measures Against Hackers

The Treasury Department aims to make it difficult for hackers to profit from ransomware attacks and cryptocurrencies. Reportedly, the authorities will introduce the sanctions and guidelines as early as next week. 

While the measures are not yet clear, they will include penalties such as fines for businesses that cooperate with hackers and use digital currencies as payment. In order not to disrupt the crypto ecosystem, the authorities will be targeting specific traders and exchanges. 

The idea behind the measures is to scare exchange platforms from processing such transactions. Organizations that have enabled ransomware payments before will also be facing penalties.

Ari Redbord, a former Treasury Department official explained: “An action of this kind would be an aggressive, proactive approach to going after those who facilitate ransomware payments.”

This is Biden’s most recent move against ransomware attacks. 

The Statistics

Cybercrime is definitely on the rise. Statistics show that:

The first step to prevention is a good antivirus software.

Sources.

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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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