California city warns of data breach after ransomware attack allegations


A California city warned residents this week that their data was being accessed by hackers who had been in government systems for more than a month.

Officials from Victorville – a city of about 135,000 located two hours northeast of Los Angeles – were dispatched violation notification letters to people warning that hackers were present in their systems from August 12 to September 26.

“We have reviewed the files accessed and determined that one or more files contained your name and one or more of the following: social security number; driver’s license number or state identification card number; medical information and health insurance policy number,” the city said.

They offer victims a year of identity protection services. City officials did not respond to requests for comment on the details of the incident, but on September 25 they wrote on Facebook that they were experiencing outages affecting the phone and website systems.

“This impacts our online bill pay site and online form submissions. No late fees or utility outages will be charged when the system is down. We apologize for the inconvenience caused while we work to resolve these issues. If you need assistance, we have set up a number of temporary service lines to receive all requests,” they said, urging city residents to pay their bills in person if possible.

The city said he managed to restore phone and web services on October 3, but the web systems still did not work. They never provided another update on the situation.

Tuesday, the No leak A ransomware gang has added the city to its list of victims, claiming to have stolen 200GB of data from government systems.

Victorville is located in San Bernardino County, which dealt with its own ransomware attack in April.

The attack on Victorville is the latest in a series of attacks targeting California cities this year. Oakland, San Francisco, El Cerrito, Modesto And Hayward have all faced devastating ransomware attacks that limited government services for weeks and caused a range of problems for local residents.

The NoEscape ransomware gang emerged in May and has carried out a series of high-profile attacks against high-profile institutions. Last month, the group attacked the organization responsible for managing lake and river systems along the United States-Canada border.

NoEscape hackers took credit for attacks on Germany bar And Hawaii Community College as well as Australian businessesa hospital in Belgium, a manufacturing company in the United States and another manufacturing company in the Netherlands.

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Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig is a breaking news reporter at Recorded Future News. Jonathan has worked as a journalist around the world since 2014. Before returning to New York, he worked for media outlets in South Africa, Jordan and Cambodia. He previously covered cybersecurity at ZDNet and TechRepublic.

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