(RightIsRight.co) – Cyberattacks have been on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and it seems these hackers have now turned their focus toward law enforcement agencies. This week, the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) released a statement acknowledging “unauthorized access” on its server.
On Tuesday, April 27, the MPD told NBC News that the FBI was joining them in its investigation of a recent hack. According to the New York Times, the criminals are likely a part of Babuk, a hacking group that mainly recruits on Russian-speaking sites. The criminal group typically uses ransomware to steal private information and then to demand a ransom in order to release it.
Fox 5 DC shares more about the incident:
Russian language ransomware group claims responsibility for DC police hack: report https://t.co/w0RKNFhqz5
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) April 28, 2021
According to BleepingComputer, the Babuk gang has already leaked 250GB of unencrypted files taken from the MPD and is threatening to release more. The group has been on the rise this year, having hacked at least five major organizations. So, this event simply highlights the need for rock-solid cybersecurity and well-vetted hardware and software in our nation’s business and government systems.
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