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Cuba ransomware gang deleted stolen Philadelphia Inquirer data


Cuba ransomware gang deleted stolen Philadelphia Inquirer data

The Pennsylvania news outlet didn’t pay ransom money to the hackers, why such a largesse?

Group of extortionists Cuba deleted the list of stolen from The Philadelphia Inquirer leaked data from his site on the darknet after one of the representatives of the publication questioned the authenticity of the stolen documents and, in general, their involvement in the company.

The Cuba ransomware gang has attacked at least 100 organizations worldwide and made over $60 million as of August last year, according to US authorities.

Herself attack on the publication was carried out tentatively on May 13 and only yesterday the gang added The Philadelphia Inquirer to the list of victims on their website. Cuba representatives reportedly removed the list of stolen files from the publication today. This usually happens when victims pay ransom money to hackers or start negotiations about it, but this time it’s more interesting. It looks like the list of files itself has nothing to do with The Philadelphia Inquirer, meaning the ransomware made a mistake.

What kind of mistake was made, remains to be seen. Did the hackers just post the wrong list, mixing up the organizations? Or did they accidentally steal some “leftist” information from The Philadelphia Inquirer without really understanding its connections with the company?

Prior to the removal of the list, Cuba’s representatives claimed to have financial documents, correspondence with bank employees, account movements, balance sheets, tax documents, the site’s source code, and so on. However, a spokesman for The Philadelphia Inquirer said the company saw no evidence that the information was indeed related to the newspaper, and when internal employees reviewed the documents, nothing appeared that appeared to be related to the company itself.

Well, hackers are people too, and they make mistakes too. Let’s hope that the stolen data really turned out to be unrelated to the Philadelphia publication, so that the company’s costs to mitigate the consequences of the attack did not turn out to be serious. As for the Cuba ransomware, they have put themselves in a rather stupid position with this case. Let’s see how this story develops further.

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