FBI says it 'hacked the hackers' to shut down major ransomware group

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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a news conference with Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco (left), and FBI Director Christopher Wray at the Department of Justice in Washington on Thursday. Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice on Thursday announced the destruction of the Russian-linked Hive ransomware group after a global law enforcement operation that ran for months.

The criminal syndicate sold ransomware tools and services to affiliates around the world starting in the

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