Responsibility for the cyberattack against the City of Augusta, Georgia, which resulted in the disruption of certain city computer systems since May 21, has been admitted by the BlackByte ransomware-as-a-service operation, The Register reports.
While Augusta Mayor Garnett Johnson said that an investigation into whether any of the city's data has been stolen in the incident is underway, BlackByte has claimed to exfiltrate 10GB of sensitive data from the city following the ransomware attack while demanding a $50 million ransom payment for the stolen data.
BlackByte's statements have not yet been verified and ransomware groups have been putting out false claims of attacks, with The Philadelphia Inquirer most recently dismissing data purportedly stolen from them by the Cuba ransomware gang.
Emsisoft records showed that ransomware incidents have already impacted at least 33 local governments across the U.S., at least 20 of which had their data compromised.
SiliconAngle reports that ransomware attacks against the educational sector have significantly increased from 2018 to 2022 and are expected to reach a record high this year, with 85 attacks recorded during the first half of 2023 being almost two times higher than the same period in 2022.
Air Canada has confirmed being impacted by a data breach that compromised some of its employees' limited personal data and other records, reports The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.