The Presque Isle cyberattack is one of many recent global data hacks on municipalities, schools, universities and seemingly random businesses. And in the past month, cybercriminals have hit many high-profile targets like the Colonial Pipeline, U.S.-based food processor JBS and Ireland’s health service, crippling their operations.
Ransomware hackers made good on a threat to release sensitive data from the Presque Isle Police Department if an undisclosed amount was not paid. Nearly 200 gigabytes of data, including 15,000 emails and police reports and witness statements from the 1970s to the present, were published by an unidentified ransomware group to the Avaddon leak site on the dark web, according to a June 7 report by the website Distributed Denial of Secrets, a non-profit journalism collective that tracks and releases hard-to-access public data.
On Wednesday, JBS admitted paying an $11 million ransom following an attack that shut down several plants. And Colonial Pipeline officials are still grappling with an attack that shut down 5,500 miles of gas pipeline that supplies much of the eastern U.S. News of the Presque Isle ransomware attack first surfaced in mid-April at nearly the same time as the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Police Department data was being held ransom for about 250 gigabytes of stolen data that was later released as well.
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