Karnataka Remote Sensing Applications Centre hacked by Lockbit
In a new ransomware operation, Lockbit claims to have breached the data of the Karnataka state remote sensing application center and threatens to leak data within the next 20 days. As per the information available in the dark web blog of Lockbit, the breached data includes meeting records, client company registration certificates, ITS and salary slips of employees, and other business records.
The Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre (KSRSAC) was established in 1986 as the nodal agency for the implementation of remote sensing (including photogrammetry) and GIS programs in Karnataka, an Indian state. The KSRSAC is a storehouse for statistics, data, and maps gathered by the center or any government branch, statutory board, or other undertakings using GIS and remote sensing.
This node agency creates a GIS based on base maps and general or common features and provides full remote sensing and GIS services to all line departments. The nodal agency also develops the planning and architecture for remote sensing and GIS implementation, as well as the feasibility of new proposals, coding, standardization, and training, and organizes periodic workshops to encourage more interaction and coordination among the line departments.
A day before, the LockBit ransomware gang also claimed to breach the data of the City of Oakland however they haven’t released a single piece of evidence related to what they have claimed. Indian state as well as the City of Oakland are yet to release a statement on the claim by Lockbit.
It is well known that LockBit ransomware is malware designed to disable access to computer systems in exchange for a ransom payment.