Technology giants Microsoft and Amazon, as well as the FBI and the UK’s National Crime Agency have joined the Ransomware Task Force (RTF) to give governments nearly 50 recommendations on how to take action against ransomware, according to a BBC report. The task force is critical now more than ever as ransomware gangs are now routinely targeting schools and hospitals, using malicious software to scramble and steal an organisations’ computer data.

The RTF has now submitted its report to President Biden’s administration and argues that “more than just money is at stake” and says that, in just a few years, “ransomware has become a serious national security threat and public health and safety concern”.

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