The National Shooting Association was allegedly hacked. A group of cybercriminals claims to have stolen weapons lobby data and is posting their samples online.
The gang behind the attack – which calls itself “Sadness” – recently began sharing images of familiar files on a website on the Dark Web. It is unclear how much data was allegedly stolen, although members of the infosec community did not waste time in publishing screenshots material leaked on Twitter.
Ransomware gangs often post samples of victim information at publicly available “leak sites.” This is an extortion tactic, which aims to encourage victims to succumb to the financial demands of criminals. In this case, NBC reports Grief appears to have released screenshots of NRA grant proposals, e-mail excerpts, and minutes from a recent teleconference held by the association, along with other internal documents and information.
The NRA has not yet confirmed the incident and phone calls to its press line have not been returned immediately. Gizmodo has also contacted the organization for comment via email and we will update our story if they respond.
For the NRA, this is probably not the best time for that to happen (not to go there is great time to steal your documents and emails). The arms lobby is over a lot of shit lately—From ongoing controversy and turmoil involving board members to the fact that it is currently to be sued by the New York Attorney General. In the past, the organization has faced criticism as a whole diversity things – no less important than they are your habit appearances to communities that suffered mass shootings to hold huge anti-gun rallies (in the case of the infamous Columbine shooting, a rally was held only weeks later a shooting occurred).
The grief is believed to be linked to a group of cybercriminals based in Russia, Evil Corp., which was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2019. Evil Corp was the developer behind the infamous Dridex malware, a type of malware used to collect login credentials from hundreds of banks and other financial institutions. The group has also reportedly been linked to a number of other prominent ransomware operations — including DoppelPaymer and BitPaymer. Evil Corp. infuriated U.S. officials so much that, in the same year he was sanctioned, the State Department issued a $ 5 million reward for any information that would lead to the “capture or conviction” of the group’s leader. Some security experts theorized that Sadness is a reconstitution of the criminal elements that originally ruled DoppelPaymer.
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