DC police data exposed in hacking

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A report from The New York Times indicated that the hackers appeared to be affiliated with Babuk, a known spreader of ransomware that is used to lock up private or sensitive information before hackers demand payments in cash, or more frequently Bitcoin, to release it.

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Babuk emerged earlier this year, according to a threat analysis by global cybersecurity firm McAfee, and recruits followers on Russian-speaking forums. The group has reportedly been responsible for at least five high-profile breaches of companies this year.

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Babuk members “have explicitly expressed themselves negatively against the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and LGBT communities,” reads McAfee’s analysis.



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