A ransom gang who stole information from Washington, D.C. police and was accused of leaking personal information belonging to a number of police officers in an effort to motivate the payment, said negotiations with the agency “reached a dead end.
Babuk Group, a Russian-speaking ransom organization, said negotiations with the DC Metropolitan Police had failed, denying a $ 100,000 payment and would disclose sensitive information that could put life at risk if. No additional funds are offered.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the matter.
On Tuesday, the gang released a screenshot of what appears to be negotiating with the department. They showed the gang to ask for $ 4 million and were given a $ 100,000 discount.The validity of the screenshot could not be independently verified.
DC Police were hit with a ransom attack that appeared by Russians speaking of Siberians.
Late last month, the group hacked into the city’s police department network and threatened to leak confidential informant credentials unless an anonymous ransom was paid. Fine Experts told the Associated Press that such releases could endanger the lives of informants.
A day after the first threat was posted, the gang attempted to incentivize payments by leaking personal information of some police officers taken from background checks, including details of drug and financial use in the United States. Former officer, etc.
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Then late Monday, the Babuk group wrote on its website that it would release. “All information” stolen from the Washington Police Department if not “raised prices”.
“The negotiations have reached a stalemate, the amount we are proposing is not right for us,” the group said.
Babuk leaked additional background files on Monday, along with additional threats to be released, Brett Callow, a threat analyst and ransomware expert at security firm Emsisoft, told the Associated Press.
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“This is worse than any previous police hack,” Callow said, adding that he had never seen law enforcement pay the ransom.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.