According to reports, the National Rifle Association was hacked. Cybercriminals claim to have stolen data from the gun lobbys and posted samples to the internet.
The group behind the attack, called Griefrecently started sharing images from the alleged files to a dark web site. Although it is not clear how much data was stolen, members of the infosec community posted screenshots to Twitter.
Ransomware gangs often upload samples of victims to publicly accessible leak sites. This is an exortion tactic that aims to get victims to give in to criminals' financial demands. NBC reports that Grief posted screenshots of NRA grant requests, extracts from an email and minutes from a tele-meeting, as well as other internal documents.
The NRA has yet to confirm the incident, and calls to its press number weren't immediately returned. Gizmodo reached out to them via email for comments. We will update our story if we get a response.
This is not the best time for the NRA to have this happen. However, it is not a great time to lose your emails and documents. Recent turmoil and controversies involving its management, as well as the fact that it is currently being sued by New York Attorney General have caused a lot of pain for the gun lobby. The organization has been criticised for many things in the past. This includes its tendency to show up to mass shooting communities to hold massive pro-gun rallies (in Columbine's case, this was just weeks after the shooting).
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The U.S. Treasury sanctioned Evil Corp in 2019, and Grief is thought to be linked with it. Evil Corp is believed to be behind the Dridex malware. This malicious software was used to steal login credentials from hundreds banks and other financial institutions. This group is also linked to several other ransomware operations, including DoppelPaymer or BitPaymer. Evil Corp irked American officials so much that the State Department offered a $5 million reward to anyone who could help capture or convict the leader of the group. Security experts believe that Grief could be the reconstitution or reorganization of the criminal elements that once operated DoppelPaymer.