, which offered ransomware services on demand, was the group responsible for the attack in 2021 on the US Memorial Health Hospital, the Costa Rican public health service or the
Empress EMS emergency and ambulance service provider,
The group also attacked the computer equipment of
one of the main electricity companies in India, last October.
In total, it is estimated that Hive could have attacked more than
1,500 companies and organizations around the world
in the last two years and extorted millions of dollars.
Ransomware is a type of attack in which a
's computer network is encrypted and inaccessible until a payment is made, usually in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency that makes transfers difficult to trace.
In recent years, these types of attacks have become much more frequent, and with more and more victims.
In 2022, for example,
Telefónica suffered an attack of these characteristics that affected 85% of its systems.
The Hyve website, which until today was active in the so-called
deep Internet or deep web
(a network of websites accessible only through anonymous and encrypted clients) now shows a message from the security agencies that have participated in the operation .
"This action has been carried out in coordination with the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida and the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Justice with the assistance of
," the text says.
The FBI confirmed Thursday that it has had access to the Hive computer network since July 2022, allowing US federal agents to capture and offer Hive decryption keys to victims around the world.
Since gaining in, the FBI has helped at least
victims , according to agency statements, avoiding more than $130 million in ransom payments.
The FBI has not explained how it identified the Hive servers, and no arrests have been announced so far.
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