Earlier in December 2019, Maze ransomware operators claimed responsibility for attacking the city of Pensacola, Florida, USA. The incident affected the city’s email service, some telephone services (police and fire departments) and forced the authorities to take most systems offline.
The attackers not only encrypted the data on the affected machines, but also claimed that they had previously stolen the information from the city network. As a result, hackers demanded a ransom of $ 1,000,000 from the city authorities, otherwise they promised to release the stolen data in the public domain.
According to the publication BleepingcomputerOn December 23, 2019, the attackers really began to publish stolen information on the network: the first dumps of 2 and 32 GB in size were already posted. Attackers claim that this is only a small part of the data that fell into their hands.
Maze operators explained to reporters that in this way they want to prove to the media that during the attack they really stole the data and not at all a “couple of files,” as many had suggested.
“This is the fault of the media, who wrote that we did not steal more than a few files. We do not want to put pressure on the city and do not do it. We only show that our intentions are real, ”the extortionists say.
Pensacola city officials have not yet commented on what is happening.