DC police department sees data breach after cyberattack – Washington Examiner


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The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department on Monday experienced a large data breach after a ransomware syndicate leaked many of the agency's police reports, internal memos, and arrest information.

The law enforcement body's servers were compromised by "unauthorized access," and the FBI has been called in to lead the investigation, a spokesperson for the department told the Washington Examiner in an email. A dark-web group called Babuk claimed responsibility for the attack, and the group said it had grabbed roughly 250 gigabytes of data.

Ransomware heists typically involve holding data hostage until a victim pays money, usually in the form of Bitcoin, to avoid sensitive information from going public. Screengrabs from Babuk's website feature MPD's logo and various files that appear to be internal memos, FBI arrests, and maps of the area.


"We will not comment at this time: Even such an organization has huge security gaps, we advise them to get in touch as soon as possible and pay us, otherwise we will publish the data," the group appeared to write in a statement.

Babuk Ransomware Group has breached @DCPoliceDept. Extortion demand has not been stated. Some data has already been leaked online - images shown are of police reports, FBI arrest details, internal memos, and more.

Images from Babuk Ransomware Groups website: pic.twitter.com/8ChSmXyaW4

— vx-underground (@vxunderground)
April 26, 2021

Babuk has also threatened to release information about informants to criminal gangs and carry out similar attacks against Homeland Security and FBI field offices, according to the New York Times.

A total of 26 government agencies have been hit by cyberattacks so far in 2021, of which 16 have had their data stolen, ransomware analyst Brett Callow of the cybersecurity firm Emsisoft told the Associated Press.


The FBI's Washington, D.C., field office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.

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