U.S. lacks full picture of ransomware attacks, Senate panel finds

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said the government doesn’t have the information it needs to deter ransomware attacks and hold the perpetrators accountable. Patrick Semansky/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government lacks a complete picture of ransomware attacks that routinely cripple government and private sector networks, according to an investigation by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee staff.

The report, released Tuesday, also found that the government lacks information on how much ransom was paid — typically in the form of cryptocurrencies — by victims of such ransomware attacks.

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