US department of Police is in shallows when a team of Russian hackers attack them for hefty amount of money in return. The hackers also threatened them that they will leak information to criminal gangs if they do not give them the amount they asked for.
The ransomeware attack by Russian hackers
A Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate has claimed to have stolen sensitive data, including on informants, the police force said. The cybercriminals posted screenshots on their dark web site supporting their claim to have stolen more than 250 gigabytes of data.
Details of the hack were posted by the DC police department on Monday, which has asked the FBI to investigate the “unauthorised access” to its computer network.
There was no indication that any police operations were affected, and the force did not immediately say whether it had been hit by ransomware.
The Babuk group, a relatively new ransomware gang, said on its website that it had “downloaded a sufficient amount of information” from the database.
The group gave DC police three days to contact it or said it would “start to contact gangs in order to drain the informants”. Screenshots it posted online suggested it has data from at least four computers, including intelligence reports, information on gang conflicts, the jail census and other administrative files.
It said in a statement: “We are aware of unauthorised access on our server. While we determine the full impact and continue to review activity, we have engaged the FBI to fully investigate this matter.”