A new online post by the DoppelPaymer gang further suggests that a cyberattack experienced by Torrance, California in late February-early March was a case of ransomware -- one that appears to have affected personal data, despite the Los Angeles-area city's claims otherwise.
Brett Callow, threat analyst at Emsisoft, shared several examples of sensitive data published on DoppelPaymer's doxxing site, where the threat actors post documents stolen from victims as part of an extortion scheme. Examples included a probation violation form from the Torrance City Attorney's Office; a declaration in support of access to juvenile records filed with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles; and a budget import audit listing.
BleepingComputer has reported that the attackers demanded a 100 ransom -- which falls a bit short of $700,000 -- after decrypting key files and exfiltrating breached data under the threat of publishing it.
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