Babuk ransomware gang leaks DC police data as negotiations fail

The latest leak by the Babuk ransomware gang contains 26GB worth of records.

The latest leak by the Babuk ransomware gang contains 26GB worth of records.

Last month, reported that the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) had become a victim of a ransomware attack. The government agency revealed that the Babuk Locker gang stole nearly 250 GB of unencrypted files from the department’s networks.

On the other hand, the Babuk ransomware gang posted a cryptic message demanding the department pay ransom within three days. The group posted on their data leak website that they will publish data if the ransom isn’t paid.

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Now, we have learned that the same hackers have leaked more private files belonging to the MPD after the negotiations with the department failed.

The hackers have released more data to warn that they will publish the entire 250GB database if the ransom isn’t paid. The database includes intelligence briefings, investigative reports, disciplinary actions, and arrests data.

“Negotiations Reached a Dead End”

A new statement released on the hackers’ data leak website revealed that the negotiations between the MPD and Babuk had reached a dead end. They claim that the amount MPD offered them was insufficient. Hence, they posted 20 more files to threaten the department. The message read:

“The negotiations reached a dead end, the amount we were offered does not suit us, we are posting 20 more personal files on officers, you can download this archive, the password will be released tomorrow. if during tomorrow they do not raise the price, we will release all the data,” the gang stated, further adding that- “You still have the ability to stop it.”

Chat between Babuk ransomware gang – DC police


Final Proposal

As shown above, the Babuk group has shared screenshots revealing that they published more data after their original demand of $4 million ransom wasn’t met.

Allegedly, the MPD was willing to pay $100,000 to prevent the release of the stolen data and claimed that they wouldn’t pay the hacker more and will be ‘OK’ with the result.

“Our final proposal is an offer to pay $100,000 to prevent the release of the stolen data. If this offer is not acceptable, then it seems our conversation is complete. I think we both understand the consequences of not reaching an agreement. We are OK with that outcome,” MPD’s message read.

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