Vice Society Leaks Data from LAUSD
Category: Ransomware News | Industry: Education | Level: Strategic | Source | Source: BleepingComputer
On Sunday, October 2nd, 2022, after a refusal to meet ransom demands, the Vice Society released data stolen from Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The superintendent of LAUSD, Alberto M. Carvalho provided a statement on the attack, confirming the data loss, and provided a communication channel to any concerned students and parents. "Unfortunately, as expected, data was recently released by a criminal organization. In partnership with law enforcement, our experts are analyzing the full extent of this data release." Vice Society's entry for LAUSD on the group's data leak site, also called out the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), as the group is no doubt discontented with the agency for likely advising LAUSD not to pay the ransom. As posted on the site "CISA wasted our time, we waste CISA reputation." The released data is currently under review with reports from law enforcement sources for NBC Los Angeles indicating the data includes "confidential psychological assessments of students, contract and legal documents, business records, and numerous database entries." LAUSD warns affected students and parents to remain vigilant against social engineering attacks that may leverage the compromised data.