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Congress Questions FBI’s Tight-Lipped Ransomware Tactics

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It’s a dilemma that has long plagued the intelligence community: should it share cybersecurity intelligence to help protect U.S. companies, or should it withhold that information and use it for the FBI and intelligence community’s benefit instead?

The FBI’s answer in a recent case was to secretly hoard the information that would help the victims recover.

The FBI’s decision to keep a decryption key secret from the victims, a decision The Washington Post first reported, has raised questions in the cybersecurity community about whether the FBI made the right call—and whether the government has an obligation to help ransomware victims.

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