October 9, 2023 at 05:35PM – ALPHV ransomware gang claims attack on Florida circuit court

October 9, 2023 at 05:35PM

The ALPHV (BlackCat) ransomware gang recently attacked state courts in Northwest Florida. Personal details of employees, including judges, were acquired. The gang claims to have a network map of the court’s systems and threatens to leak stolen data online if their demands are not met. The court has not confirmed the ransomware attack or engaged in negotiations. ALPHV is known for targeting global enterprises and has been linked to previous high-profile attacks.

Summary of Meeting Notes:

– The ALPHV (BlackCat) ransomware gang claimed responsibility for a cyberattack that affected state courts in Northwest Florida, specifically the First Judicial Circuit, last week.
– The threat actors allegedly acquired personal data, including Social Security numbers and CVs of employees, including judges.
– ALPHV claims to have a detailed network map of the court’s systems, along with local and remote service credentials.
– Ransomware gangs often threaten to leak stolen data as a means to coerce victims into negotiation.
– The presence of Florida’s First Judicial Circuit’s data leak page on ALPHV’s website suggests that negotiations with the ransomware gang have not taken place or the court has firmly declined their demands.
– The Florida circuit court confirmed that it was investigating a cyberattack that disrupted operations across Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties.
– Court operations have been significantly impacted, and non-essential proceedings have been canceled and rescheduled.
– Judges in the affected counties have been communicating with litigants and attorneys regarding their scheduled hearings.
– Facilities continue to operate without disruptions, but the court has not yet verified the ransomware attack claims made by ALPHV.
– ALPHV is a rebranded version of the DarkSide/BlackMatter ransomware group and is known for targeting global enterprises.
– The FBI has issued a warning about ALPHV’s involvement in successful breaches of over 60 entities worldwide.
– ALPHV’s recent attack on MGM Resorts resulted in approximately $100 million in losses and the theft of customer information.

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