Ransomware group leaks 600 GB stolen data from Oakland City
A second data dump was made available by the ransomware group behind the February attack on the Californian city of Oakland. The leak included roughly 600 terabytes of files that exposed vital information about thousands of local employees and contained stolen municipal data.
Following up on their first data dump at the beginning of March, Play, the threat group behind the ransomware attack, issued the second breach on their website, with Oakland’s data growing up to 10 gigabytes.
The large 12-year city roster as well as thousands of current and former employees were leaked. Along with multiple complaints of police misbehavior, it also contained bank account scans.
After the attack in February, Oakland has restored some of the services that were interrupted by the breach, such as its 311 lines, which acts as a portal for government contracts and an online system for requesting permits.
Yet, the attack continues to have a substantial impact on the city because the threat organization often leaks stolen data. A union for Oakland Police Department officers had made a claim for approximately $25,000 for each officer whose data had been exposed in the breach in light of this second data dump.
In a separate statement, the organization charged local officials, such as Mayor Sheng Thao and City Administrator G. Harold Duffey, with evading questions and covering up the scope of the ransomware attack.
The Officer’s Union and the city leaders have been at odds, and Oakland municipal officials are still looking into the matter. Due to the 2021 data breach incident, there was a similar altercation between the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., and the city leaders.
Author: Sayyam Gangwal