Manchester Fertility, a renowned fertility clinic with a rich history offering IUI, ICSI, & IVF treatments, is allegedly under threat from the notorious LockBit 3.0 ransomware group. The cyberattack on Manchester Fertility was brought to light when the threat actor posted details on their dark web channel.
Manchester Fertility, known for its pivotal role in the early development of IVF, has now found itself entangled in a cyber crisis. The clinic’s inclusion on the LockBit 3.0 ransomware group’s data leak site comes with a ransom deadline set for February 12, 2024. The message on the threat actor’s post indicates a potential breach, stating, “Deadline: 12 Feb 2024 15:52:26 UTC – Until the files will be available left 10D 08h 58m 50s.”
Manchester Fertility Cyberattack: Sensitive Data at Risk!
Seeking clarity on this alarming situation, The Cyber Express reached out to Manchester Fertility for an official statement or response.
Regrettably, at the time of compiling this report, no such communication has been received, leaving the claims surrounding the Manchester Fertility cyberattack unverified.
Despite these claims, the official website of Manchester Fertility appears to be operational without immediate signs of a cyberattack. This raises speculation about the nature of the alleged intrusion, suggesting that the threat actor may have targeted the backend of the website or the database, rather than opting for a visible defacement or a DDoS attack.
The specified deadline for data publication on February 12, 2024, hints at a potential database breach. However, the unverified nature of the claims surrounding the cyberattack on Manchester Fertility emphasizes the need for official confirmation.
The LockBit Ransomware Attack Spree
This Manchester Fertility cyberattack incident follows a pattern seen with the LockBit ransomware group, which recently claimed two more victims, Talon International Inc. and Baldessari & Coster LLP. In both instances, the hackers accessed extensive amounts of sensitive data, putting the security and confidentiality of critical information at risk.
For instance, Talon International Inc. faces the potential exposure of a staggering 300GB of sensitive data, including detailed information about clients, products, employees, financial records, and various working documentation. The gravity of the situation is amplified by the hackers’ imposed deadline of February 2, 2024, 11:41:51 UTC, adding urgency to the predicament.
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