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Although it is widely known that ransomware attacks have exploded in frequency and severity, other forms of cyber-related claims also pose a significant risk. (Credit: Den Rise/Shutterstock.com) Although it is widely known that ransomware attacks have exploded in frequency and severity, other forms of cyber-related claims also pose a significant risk. (Credit: Den Rise/Shutterstock.com)

On April 26, 2021, leaked data from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department appeared online after the department was hit by a ransomware attack. The data that was posted online included screenshots of arrest records and internal memos.

The group that claimed responsibility for the attack, Babuk, threatened to leak further data if their ransom demands were not met within three days, including information about police informants. Babuk claimed to have downloaded a total of 250 gigabytes of data. As of this writing, there is no information about whether the Metropolitan Police paid the ransom.

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