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5 Oct 2022
Data Stolen in the Los Angeles Ransomware Attack Was Published on Dark Web
Hackers released stolen information during a cyberattack against the Los Angeles Unified School District. So far, this incident seems to be the biggest education hack in recent years.
The group had set a deadline of October 4 for paying a ransom demand that had not been specified. However, the management of LAUSD failed to heed their demand.
Based on the reports, the published data also contains sensitive personal information such as contract and legal documents, passport numbers, Social Security numbers, personal financial reports with bank account information, tax forms, sensitive health information such as Covid-19 test data, previous conviction reports, and psychological assessments of students.
Vice Society, responsible for targeting educational and school sectors, included a message that said the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA); the body responding to the breach, "wasted our time."
Vice Society told TechCrunch in an email that CISA had stalled the release of data and was "wrong" to advise LAUSD not to pay the ransom required by the perpetrators.
Late on Friday evening, before the public release of the stolen data, LAUSD published a statement that confirmed it would not pay Vice Society's ransom demand and said that the exact sum of this demand is not yet known.
On Sunday, LAUSD superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho confirmed the release of stolen data and announced a new hotline ( (855) 926-1129) for concerned students and parents to contact the school with potential questions.
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