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US Marshals’ computer system was attacked by ransomware


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In a major breach of the US Marshals Service’s computer systems this month with ransomware, hackers stole sensitive and personally identifiable data about agency employees and targets. investigation, an agency spokesman said Tuesday.

The hacked system was disconnected from the network shortly after the breach and the stolen data was discovered on February 17. The Department of Justice identified this as a major incident and opened an investigation as the Marshals worked “quickly and efficiently” to reduce any risks associated with the breach, agency spokesman Drew Wade said Tuesday.

The hack was first reported by NBC News.

The incident is the latest example of a cybercriminal targeting a Government agencies in an extortion plot and questioned the Justice Department’s cybersecurity protocols.

February 17 was also when CNN reported that an FBI computer system had been compromised. It cites unnamed sources as saying the system is located at the FBI’s field office in New York. When asked about the intrusion, the office released a statement calling the intrusion “an isolated incident that was prevented.” It declined to comment further, including when the intrusion occurred and whether ransomware was involved.

Ransomware attacks have become the most serious cybersecurity concern in the world. They crippled everything from UK Postal Service to the national health network of Ireland to the government of Costa Rica. Schools, hospitals and local governments are frequently targeted.

FBI and international law enforcement officials won a victory last month when they disrupted, at least temporarily, a thriving ransomware gang, saving a potential ransom of 130 million dollars.

In ransomware attacks, organized gangs break into computer networks and plant malware that cripples them by encrypting data. But before activating Ransomware they steal data. The criminals can then hold the data hostage even if the target quickly restores the affected network using backup data.

The agency said the hacked US Marshals system contained sensitive law enforcement and personally identifiable information about the subjects of investigation and certain US Marshals employees. It is tasked with tracking fugitives, transporting federal prisoners, protecting witnesses, and providing security for the courts.

In May 2021, hackers targeted the largest fuel pipeline in the United States, prompting operators to briefly shut down the pipeline and make ransom payments worth thousands of dollars. million dollars, which the federal government later recovered most of.

a hacker announced in December violated an FBI-run outreach program that shared sensitive information about cybersecurity and national security threats with public and private officials operating critical infrastructure. USA.

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