article On Friday, the FBI announced the arrest of a suspect in the distribution of ransomware.
The suspect, identified as Christopher W. Wulff, 37, is suspected of distributing a series of “exploit kits” to victims in the United States, and the FBI says he also made threats to other countries, including Canada.
The FBI said it arrested Wulf in New Jersey after a search warrant was executed at his home and a computer.
Wurlff was arrested after the FBI was alerted to a threat to his life from a person claiming to be an FBI agent.
The FBI says it seized more than 20,000 files from Wulfs computer.
The investigation is ongoing.
The indictment says that on June 25, Wulft, who was living in Maryland, sent the following message to a user of a website called “tucows” in New York, which was allegedly targeted by the same cyberattack: “We need to be on top of your defense ASAP, because theres going to be a flood of the attack.
We have to protect the system, because if you dont youre going to go under, youre not going to survive.
I’m a lawyer, and I have to be very sure I have the right team.”
The FBI says Wulford is accused of sharing information on how to access and install a trojan known as “Cryptolocker” in a series known as the “Ransomware Family.”
That trojan is believed to have been used in the ransomware attacks against banks and other organizations around the world, including a series targeting U.S. banks and the New York City subway system.
According to the indictment, Wurlf shared instructions for installing the malware, which he allegedly downloaded from a website that has since been shut down.
The instructions included instructions to install a tool to automatically infect infected machines with the ransomware.
Wuillff also allegedly used the instructions to distribute the ransomware to “any other website, email, or social media account that he knew or suspected would be vulnerable to infection.”
The indictment said that Wulfeff also sent “multiple messages” on Twitter to victims of the ransomware, telling them “I’m here to kill you.
I love the internet.”
The indictment said he also used social media to spread “false and malicious” rumors about a “lone wolf” attack that would take place “without the help of a government.”
The indictments also say that Wulfff also posted a threat on Twitter that “may have been made by the FBI.”
The FBI said that “this individual’s actions and comments indicate that he was aware of the FBI’s cyber threat capabilities.”
The arrest came as the FBI launched a major campaign to tackle cyberattacks on the country’s financial system and its public-sector workers.