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Sooo about that time your city said your data was safe...

City officials in a Los Angeles suburb are eating their words.

After a DoppelPaymer Ransomware attack last month, Torrance city prematurely announced that no data was lost in the attack.

Hackers subsequently dumped data on a public website and dark web forums, including names, birthdays and social security numbers...

The attackers stole as much as 200 GB of sensitive data on residents and city financial records.

The hackers are now asking Torrance officials for payment of 100 bitcoin — or roughly $680,000.

As the city works to clean up this mess, residents are left on their own to protect their identities and accounts.

If you're a Torrance resident, your initial steps should include:

  • Change your passwords (or use a password manager like Bitwarden)
  • Freeze your credit (Straightforward FTC Guidance here)
  • Monitor your bank and credit card accounts for unusual activity

And if you're a city manager, it's time to implement Fully Automated Security Awareness Training to protect your team and your residents.
Your next step is easy! Start here!

Original article here.
[https://www.govtech.com/security/Data-Leak-Complicates-Hack-Against-Torrance-Calif.html]

Joel Cahill

Cyber security enthusiast. Entrepreneur.