Canadian indicted for launching ransomware attacks on orgs in US, Canada

The FBI and Justice Department unsealed indictments today leveling a number of charges against 31-year-old Canadian Matthew Philbert for his alleged involvement in several ransomware attacks.

Officials from the Ontario Provincial Police held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the charges and Philbert’s arrest in Ottawa.

In a statement, US Attorney Bryan Wilson of the District of Alaska said Philbert “conspired with others known and unknown to the United States to damage computers, and in the course of that conspiracy did damage a computer belonging to the State of Alaska in April 2018.” Wilson and Canadian officials noted that they received help in the case from Dutch authorities and Europol.

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Source: ZDNet