Leicester City Council Ransomware Nightmare: Personal Data Leaked in Cyber Shakedown

Leicester’s secrets spilled! INC Ransom waves ‘proof pack’ of snatched council data, leaving residents biting their nails. Stay tuned for more on this cyber soap opera.

Hot Take:

Well, it looks like Leicester City Council finally got its “I’ve been hacked” badge, courtesy of the INC Ransomware Academy of Prying and Pilfering. After a month of “no comment” yoga, they’re now in the “Oh, comment!” position thanks to cyber crooks throwing their stolen data confetti all over the internet. I guess the council’s game of digital peek-a-boo is over, and the bad guys are shouting “peekaBOO!” with about 3 terabytes of “private” party favors.

Key Points:

  • Leicester City Council’s cyber-whoopsie is officially a ransomware fiesta, with data-napping confirmed by the ever-so-proud INC Ransom gang.
  • A “proof pack” of pilfered docs was leaked online, turning local government transparency into a bit too literal of a concept.
  • Richard Sword swings into action with an apology and a reassurance that the council is on the case, as are the NCSC and Leicestershire Police.
  • The council’s digital life signs are back, with systems, emails, and phones dusting themselves off and standing up straight.
  • INC Ransom is living its best life post-law enforcement crackdown on other ransomware big fish, LockBit and ALPHV/BlackCat.

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When "Cyber Incident" is an Understatement

After a month of playing it cooler than a polar bear's toenails, Leicester City Council couldn't keep the lid on their cyber pickle jar any longer. The tell-tale sign? A ransomware gang doing their version of a document dump, which is less WikiLeaks and more WikiLeaks-Your-Data. Let's just say, when your passport scan hits the dark web runway, it's not exactly a fashion statement you want to make.

The Sword of Truth (and Apologies)

Enter Richard Sword, presumably named after the weapon you'd want to wield in a Game of Thrones-style cyber battle. He's swinging the sword of apologies and reassurances while simultaneously trying to figure out if the digital burglars made off with anything else. Spoiler: They probably did, but let's not ruin the suspense.

Back to (Ab)Normal

On the bright side, Leicester City Council is bouncing back like a boomerang with Wi-Fi. Their systems are back, their phones are ringing, and even their recreation centers are back to helping folks sweat out their cybersecurity anxieties. It's business as usual, except for the whole "your data may now have more social life than you do" thing.

Ransomware Shuffle

Moving on to the cyber perp walk, INC Ransom is strutting on the ransomware catwalk, having snatched the spotlight after law enforcement dimmed the lights on LockBit and ALPHV/BlackCat. These guys are the opportunistic raccoons of the cyber world, rummaging through the trash left by the bigger beasts.

And there you have it, folks. Leicester City Council's cyber saga is a lesson in both digital humility and the perpetual game of whack-a-mole that is cybersecurity. Stay tuned for the next thrilling installment, which will likely feature yet another council or company saying, "Oops, we did it again."

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Tags: data breach, INC Ransom, Leicester City Council, LockBit and ALPHV/BlackCat, Personal Data Leak, ransomware attack, UK National Cyber Security Centre