The Metropolitan Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for Washington. The DC Police offered a statement to BleepingComputer in which they say that they are aware of the existence of a cyberattack leading to a breached server and that the FBI is investigating the matter.
“We are aware of unauthorized access on our server. While we determine the full impact and continue to review activity, we have engaged the FBI to fully investigate this matter.” – Metropolitan Police Department.
This statement comes soon after the Babuk Locker gang declared to have compromised the DC Police’s networks and stole 250 GB of unencrypted files.
The ransomware gang posted screenshots of various folders allegedly stolen in the attack, with the folder names looking like they are containing a lot of files related to operations, disciplinary records, and files related to gang members and ‘crews’ operating in DC, this is a serious concern for the DC Police.
Babuk threatened that if MPD will not be in contact with them in 3 days’ time, they will start contacting gangs to warn them of police informants.
“Hello! Even an institution such as DC can be threatened, we have downloaded a sufficient amount of information from your internal networks, and we advise you to contact us as soon as possible, to prevent leakage, if no response is received within 3 days, we will start to contact gangs in order to drain the informants, we will continue to attack the state sector of the usa, fbi csa, we find 0 day before you, even larger attacks await you soon,” stated the Babuk ransomware gang on their data leak site.
It’s quite interesting that the Babuk gang pointed out one of the files, which based on its title, looks like being related to the arrests made after the protest on January 6th that stormed the Capital Building.