Ransomware attack exposes Swiss Hooligans data onto Dark Web

A ransomware attack that took place on the IT servers of Xplain in June this year, has exposed the details of over 750 Swiss Hooligans, as Federal Office of Police stands one among the company’s clients.

Cybersecurity Insiders has learnt that the cyber crooks launching file encrypting malware attacks on computer networks took control of the HOOGAN Information database that is being maintained since 2015.

As Xplain the victim of the sophisticated attack failed to pay the demanded ransom, or failed to bow down to the demands of hackers, the information related to hooligans was released online for sale.

Federal Police aka FedPol has informed all the affected individuals about the data breach and warned them against smishing n identity theft attacks.

Xplain is the business firm that looks after the IT and software needs of Swiss justice department and other government organizations in the region. It experiences a ransomware attack in June where criminals siphoned data related to the army, the customs office, and Federal Border Security along with the federal police.

Among the stolen data was the information related to Hoogan Database that is now released onto the web, probably to threaten the victim with serious consequences.

Unconfirmed sources state that the Xplain has recovered from the incident via data backups and is closely working with security experts and the law enforcement to neutralize the affects arising from data theft soon.

NOTE 1- As on June 2023, the Hoogan Server was hosting data related to about 1026 hooligans involved in various vases of violence and vandalism at stadiums and highways and usually such data is maintained for a period of 3 years and is pushed into archives for future processing.  

NOTE 2- Hoogan database is different from Hogan Mainframe System used to store information from core banking applications.

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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