Last month we wrote about the ransomware attack on the Metropolitan Police Force. In that threat, the threat was to release names and identity of informants.
However, negotiations seem to have stalled as the cybercrime group behind the Babuk ransomware has leaked more personal files belonging to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). This leak occurred after discussions with the DC Police broke down and the group is further threatening that they intend to publish all data (250 GB worth) if their ransom demands are not met.
The DC Police Force had 250 GB of data stolen during an April Cyberattack
“The negotiations reached a dead end, the amount we were offered does not suit us, we are posting 20 more personal files on officers, you can download this archive, the password will be released tomorrow. If tomorrow they do not meet the price, we will release all the data,” the gang said in a statement on their data leak site. Note: This author corrected language context deficiencies.
“You still have the ability to stop it,” it added.
The Babuk group is said to have stolen 250GB of data, including investigation reports, arrests, disciplinary actions, and other intelligence briefings.
It is bad enough that a private firm might be held hostage during a ransomware attack, but it just goes to show how prevalent and brazen hacking has become when a major police force is the victim.
Regardless of the target, the genius minds at BLAKFX could have prevented the ransomware and the data theft.
A primary goal at BLAKFX for 2021 is to put a stop to the impact of ransomware attacks.
BLAKFX has already delivered a solution to eliminate the affects and costs of Ransomware attacks. Our Helix22 SDK combined with the world’s first Ransomware Audit as a Service (RaaS) will eliminate ransomware threats.
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Ransomware Auditing as a Service (RaaS): as ransomware attacks have skyrocket, they have come to represent the biggest threat to the data of government agencies, military, intelligence agencies as well as private enterprises. BLAKFX developed the first in the world Ransomware Auditing as a Service (RaaS) platform which allows our cyber security engineers to scan your network and simulate real-world ransomware attacks to determine the test the prevention, detection and mitigation strategies of your organization and establish how resilient your network is to real ransomware attacks. After the scan we provide a comprehensive report and our recommendations for remediation.
If you are the victim of an actual ransomware attack, we are able to recover the data that has been hi-jacked during the attack and due to Helix22’s patented DNA BindingTM cryptography, restore it to its original state.
We can make this restoration claim as the tech engineers at BLAKFX invented and patented a genuine device2device (D2D) encryption. We manage data security transmission through the truly brilliant and also patented universal Helix22 key service. The Helix22 encryption originates on your network or device, not just when the app is opened. This means, that when data arrives to our key server, it is already encrypted so all it needs to do is issue another key. Signal and Telegram cannot claim this level of security. This key will then only work with the intended device, which generates a matching key required to open the data. In this protocol, we are truly a “zero-knowledge” server so your communications and transmissions remain completely top secret. Even in the event that BLAKFX were subpoenaed, we can honor the request by just handing over the encrypted content…as that is literally all we have. Helix22 also only use keys just one-time and then destroys them. This way the data security is future forward prefect. Therefore, in our unique user-to-user encryption (U2U) world, there is no opportunity at all for any data leak.
This same protocol just described, can be the same with all your 3rd party vendors and suppliers. It does not matter in the least what platform they are running or what device they are using or even the type of data, it is all 100% protected. We do however, strongly advise that all firms involved be utilizing Helix22 due to the nature of the data content. Helix22 can ensure that whatever data they are generating is protected as well.
Let’s take it a step further. Even if your organization were a victim of an internal attack or a victim of malicious open source downloads, there is no reason for concern. Any data that has been forwarded, downloaded, copied or saved cannot be exfiltrated. Period. We have the technology industries foremost data packets which are protected with multi-layered, military grade encryption algorithms that have already proven the ability to withstand penetration testing from MI5 and quantum computing attacks.
One final practical genius of DNA BindingTM is in that it is immediately compatible with whichever system or software you are utilizing. Therefore, any organization can forward information to another and then discuss it and there is immediate privacy.
Finally, the Helix22 encryption is quantum computing ready so no need to redo all your data security methodologies in a couple of years when everything else becomes obsolete.
In the BLAKFX data security world, ransomware or any other data centric attack cannot have any affect on your systems or data.
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Read the full article from the Hacker News here.