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DoppelMayer ransomware gang arrests ‘just the start’

Two core members of the notorious DoppelPaymer ransomware gang whose attacks had netted 40 million Euros (£35m) in the U.S. alone were arrested this week.

Our CEO Mark Lamb had a VERY busy week in the wake of the arrests of ‘core members’ of the notorious gang, speaking to HelpNet Security, SecurityWeek, CyberNews, and InfoSecurity Magazine about the arrests – and what they mean for the group. 

The group had targeted more than 601 organisations worldwide – including an attack on University Hospital in Düsseldorf which led to the death of a 78-year-old patient whose emergency treatment was delayed. 

Mark said, “This is another impactful collaboration from law enforcement, tackling a major ransomware gang not long in the wake of the takedown of the Hive ransomware gang.

“DoppelPaymer has been causing havoc and costing organisations millions for over three years, and it relied on two of the world’s most notorious malware variants – Emotet and Dridex – to initially target businesses before executing the ransomware.

The arrests are not the end of the operation, Mark points out. 

“According to reports, two members of the DoppelPaymer gang have already been targeted by law enforcement officials, but, with DoppelPaymer being a ransomware-as-a-service operation, it is likely there will be many more perpetrators behind the threat that will need to be caught before we can say goodbye to the ransomware for good.

“However, the seized infrastructure should provide significantly more intelligence to law enforcement and it’s likely others behind the threat will face the heavy hand of the law very soon.”

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