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Pensacola Ransomware Attack Update: Cybercriminals Release Data

Cybercriminals have released 2 GB of files allegedly stolen from the City of Pensacola, Florida during a Maze ransomware attack earlier this month. They released the files to prove to the media that they stole “more than just a few files” during the cyberattack, according to Bleeping Computer.

Cybercriminals stole 32 GB of files from Pensacola before encrypting its network during the ransomware attack, Bleeping Computer reported. They have not stated if they intend to release the remaining files.

A Closer Look at the Pensacola Ransomware Attack

Pensacola officials discovered the ransomware attack on December 7, and the city’s network was temporarily disconnected from the Internet to limit damage. Cybercriminals used Maze ransomware during the cyberattack and demanded a $1 million ransom for a decryptor, Bleeping Computer reported.

The ransomware attack shut down Pensacola’s emails and phones, its 311 customer service and online payments from Pensacola Energy and City of Pensacola Sanitation Services. However, Pensacola’s police, fire and other public safety services were unaffected by the cyberattack.

Florida Cities Suffer Ransomware Attacks

The Pensacola ransomware attack occurred after several other Florida cities fell victim to cyberattacks earlier this year.

Lake City, Florida in June experienced a ransomware attack. Lake City officials ultimately paid $460,000 to cybercriminals to regain control of the city’s email and other servers.

In addition, cybercriminals locked computer systems and data in Riviera Beach, Florida in June. Cybercriminals extracted approximately $600,000 from Riviera Beach to unlock affected systems and restore stolen data.

Backup software and services, endpoint, network and cloud security offerings and other cybersecurity tools and resources are available to help municipalities combat ransomware attacks. Furthermore, MSSPs can provide a wide range of managed security services and training to help municipalities improve their security posture.

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