A Russian hacker group have carried out a successful Ransomware attack on a US State Police Department and UK companies can expect to see similar attacks very soon.
US media report that Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department has said its computer network has been breached in a targeted cyber-attack – which now successful, is likely to be witnessed across the global in coming days and weeks.
A ransomware group called Babuk is reportedly threatening to release sensitive data on police informants if it is not contacted within three days.
This ransomware will scramble computer networks and steal information as Washington DC’s Metropolitan PD has reported unauthorised access on their server.
It is not clear if the attackers managed to lock police out of their systems during the breach.
Babuk is a Russian-speaking ransomware group that emerged earlier this year. They have claimed responsibility for the Washington PD attack with proof coming in the form of screenshots posted on the dark web and shared on social media.
Babuk claim to have a sufficient amount of information from the police department’s internal networks.
The head of UK-based cyber-security consultancy Bridewell Consulting, James Smith, said a risk remained for companies and organisations even if a ransom was paid.
With ransomware attacks, the data has probably been stolen already, before it was encrypted, and the likelihood is that the data will be sold on the Dark Web or stored by the hacker to reuse to cause even greater disruption.
Earlier this month, Babuk reportedly targeted the Houston Rockets basketball team with ransomware and claimed to have accessed documents including player contracts and financial data.
A spokeswoman for the Houston Rockets, Tracey Hughes, said that while the group had accessed some information, it failed to install its ransomware because of a security system in place.
Last week, a Russian man in the US pleaded guilty to plotting to extort money from the electric car company Tesla. He planned to use ransomware to steal company secrets for extortion, prosecutors said.
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