British police data published on dark web by Clop Ransomware Group

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Clop Ransomware Group, a Russian based hacking gang, has published some data belonging to British Police on the dark web and stated that the act was a retaliation for not paying the demanded ransom.

Sources say that the CLOP gang infiltrated the servers of IT firm Dacoll and siphoned data belonging to Police National Computer (PNC). The criminal gang demanded a ransom in millions to delete the data from their servers.

But as PNC nor Dacoll failed to pay attention to their demand, they leaked a portion of stolen data on the dark web.

Based on the condition of anonymity, a source from Dacoll stated the incident took place in October 2021 via a phishing attack. It is said that the attackers siphoned a portion of data that nearly holds the sensitive files of over 13 million people.

Cybersecurity Insiders learnt that the information belonged to motorists and was siphoned from the database storing data related to Automatic Number Plate Recognition(ANPR) system.

Systems belonging to Dacoll’s business subsidiary NDI Recognition Systems, that digitally serves to over 90% of UK Police, including PNC, remained unaffected.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was notified about the ransomware attack launched by CLOP and is busy probing down the incident to the core.

NOTE- Clop is a Russia-based ransomware group that has reportedly infected the IT infrastructure belonging to wholesale, retail, transportation, logistics, education, manufacturing, engineering, automotive, energy, financial, aerospace, telecom and legal services sector operating in America, Asia Pacific, Canada and Europe.

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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