Police operation dismantles DoppelPaymer ransomware group

At the end of February 2023, a joint operation by several European law enforcement agencies and the FBI, with the assistance of Europol, resulted in the arrest at the homes of several members of the criminal group responsible for carrying out large-scale cyberattacks using the DoppelPaymer ransomware.

This threat, used since 2019 against critical organisations, infrastructures and industries, was distributed through various channels, including phishing and spam emails. The threat actors used a double extortion scheme.

In Germany alone, at least 37 companies have been victims. In the United States, at least 40 million euros in extortion payments have been reported.