Ransomware affiliate arrested in Romania

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Romanian police have detained a 41-year-old suspect today in the city of Craiova on suspicion of participating in ransomware attacks across the globe.

The suspect was detained in the early hours of the morning by Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), following a joint investigation with Europol and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He is believed to be a so-called “ransomware affiliate,” a term used to describe cyber-criminals who rent access to ransomware, hack into corporate networks, and then deploy it against their targets.