California’s largest state employee union, SEIU Local 1000, was hit by a ransomware attack last month, potentially exposing the sensitive personal information of nearly 96,000 state workers.
The breach was discovered two days after it occurred, with the union stating it assessed the damage’s extent. An update confirmed the breach but provided few details, citing an ongoing criminal investigation.
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Cybersecurity analysts identified the ransomware group “LockBit 3.0” as responsible for the attack, which typically involves stealing data, encrypting computers, and demanding ransom.
A screenshot from the hackers’ darknet website indicated the theft of 308 gigabytes of data, including Social Security numbers and other personal details. The union declined to comment on whether a ransom was paid and stated they were working to determine if personal information was accessed. They committed to notifying affected individuals if necessary.
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LockBit ransomware is a notorious ransomware strain known for being aggressive and devastating.
The ransomware uses advanced encryption to lock a victim’s files, primarily targeting documents, images, and videos. After encryption, LockBit exfiltrates any sensitive data and threatens extortion if the ransom is not paid.
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