The Ragnar Locker ransomware gang exposed sensitive data of a Belgian police unit while mistaking it for the municipality of Zwijndrecht.
The double extortion ransomware gang published the stolen information on its 'name and shame' dark web data leak site.
Leaked data exposed includes confidential information such as investigation reports, criminal records, thousands of license plates, traffic fines, personnel files, telephone research, and crime files, including child abuse images. The leak also exposed traffic camera recordings that could uncover people’s whereabouts at specific times, thus violating their privacy and endangering their safety.
Other sensitive details leaked include the names, phone numbers, and subscriber and SMS metadata of people under covert police investigation. This information could alert the suspects of ongoing investigations, allowing them to destroy evidence and eliminate potential witnesses.
According to Belgian local media, the ransomware gang exposed 18 years of data collected by the Belgian police unit from 2006 until September 2022. Although the leak affects a small Belgian police unit, it could affect thousands of citizens.
The Zwijndrecht police unit in Antwerp, Belgium, downplayed the incident, blaming it on human error.
Full article here https://www.cpomagazine.com/cyber-security/ransomware-gang-hacks-belgian-police-unit-while-targeting-municipality-leaks-investigation-reports/
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