Ransomware attack exposes 250GB files of Washington Police Department

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A Babuk Ransomware attack that took place on the database of Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department has now led to the leak of some of the critical information belonging to the police department onto the dark web.

In what is known to our Cybersecurity Insiders, over 250 GB of data affiliated to the Washington DC Police Department was made available on dark web for sale. And the stolen data includes internal memos, documents related to the police officials, arrest records including some mugshots, and nearly 700 first information reports.

Ransomware gang spreading Babuk ransomware is said to be involved in the incident. And FYI, the same hacking group was involved in stealing data from a European company named Serco that is worth $4 billion in annual revenue and NBA’s Houston Rockets Organization.

The IT staff of the said law enforcement department stated that Babuk gang scans for any vulnerabilities like open RDP Ports and then sets its malware into the network to extract money.

All these days those behind the spread of Babuk were seen targeting only private organizations and never touched the networks belonging to local governments and school districts unlike other file encrypting malware spreading gangs like Maze and REvil.

Currently, the IT department of the police department is busy investigating the incident and is not in a position to reveal any facts. However, a source from the police department confirmed that the department will never bow down to the demands of hackers and knows well to deal with the situation on how to block the sale of the stolen data that is now available on the dark web.

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