White House to launch ransomware task force to coordinate offensive and defensive responses to crisis – POLITICO

The Biden administration is launching a cross-government task force to combat ransomware attacks, following a series of high-profile hacks that underscored how digital weaknesses can wreak havoc on American society.

Through the task force, federal agencies will promote digital resilience among critical infrastructure companies, launch cyberattacks on ransomware operators, develop mechanisms for halting ransom payments made through cryptocurrency platforms and coordinate these activities with foreign allies, according to a Senate aide who requested anonymity to speak candidly.

Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, previewed the administration’s plan during a 35-minute briefing for senators on Wednesday afternoon.


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