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February 22, 2024

Police in Ukraine said on Feb 21 they had arrested a father-son duo who belonged to the cybercrime gang Lockbit, which was disrupted by an international law enforcement operation led by Britain’s National Crime Agency and the FBI earlier this week.

The father and son, neither of whom were named by police, were wanted for carrying out attacks using ransomware, malicious software used to digitally extort victims, against “enterprises, state institutions and health care institutions in France,” the National Police of Ukraine said, in a statement.

On Feb 20, the NCA, FBI, US Department of Justice and Europol said a joint law enforcement operation dubbed “Operation Cronos” had disrupted the core activities of Lockbit, one of the world’s most damaging cybercrime organisations.

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