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Russia-based LockBit claims responsibility for City of Wichita ransomware | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – KSN News is learning more about the ransomware attack that has taken down several City of Wichita computer systems.

The City became a victim of a malware attack that locked files without permission on Sunday. Ransomware is a type of malicious software or malware that prevents a user from accessing computer files, systems, or networks until a ransom is paid for their return.


The City responded by shutting down several computer systems, including the water bill payment system.

Several online sources reported on Wednesday that Lockbit had claimed responsibility for the attack. The City responded that they could not verify that information and to go to the cybersecurity breach website for the latest information. The City site says federal authorities are assisting in the investigation.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State held a press conference offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Dmitry Yuryevich Khoroshev. Khoroshev, a Russian national, is charged in a 26-count indictment that was unsealed by the U.S. Department of Justice with developing and operating Lockbit ransomeware.

Dmitry Yuryevich Khoroshev (Courtesy: U.S. Department of State)

“Today, we are going a step further, charging the individual who we allege developed and administered this malicious cyber scheme, which has targeted over 2,000 victims and stolen more than $100 million in ransomware payments. We will continue to work closely alongside our partners, across the U.S. government and around the world to disrupt cybercrime operations like LockBit and to find and hold accountable those responsible for them,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said.

The U.S. Department of Justice says the LockBit ransomware group has attacked over 2,500 victims in at least 120 countries, including 1,800 victims in the United States. LockBit victims included individuals, small businesses, multinational corporations, hospitals, schools, nonprofit organizations, critical infrastructure, and government and law-enforcement agencies.

Information for the award can be submitted by email at [email protected], Telegram at @LockbitRewards, Signal at @FBISupp.01.

If you are the victim of a ransomware incident, please visit stopransomware.gov.

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