A prominent Russian hacker group called Clop has released confidential information from British police on the dark web. That reports The Daily Mail. The group has stolen data from Dacoll, an IT company that manages, among other things, the Police National Computer (PNC).
Clop is notorious for infecting its targets with ransomware, and for naming and shaming its victims on a Tor leak website. The group has stolen millions of dollars in ransomware hacks over the past two years.
Clop released data after ransom refused
According to The Daily Mail, Clop attacked the IT company Dacoll with a phishing campaign, after which it gained access to its data. Clop also gained access to the PNC, a UK-wide database for storing and exchanging criminal record information. This database contains the personal data of over 13 million people.
Clop demanded a ransom from Dacoll, but the company refused to pay it. As a result, the hackers leaked the information onto the dark web. It mainly concerns traffic information. For example, close-up images of motorists who were driving too fast have been leaked. These images appear to be from the UK’s National Automatic Number Plate Recognition System (ANPR).
Dacoll did not disclose how much ransom the hackers demanded. Furthermore, it is unclear what another information Clop has access to.
Incident Raises Concerns About Sensitive Law Enforcement Data Management
According to cybersecurity experts, the data breach is a matter of serious concern. Philip Ingram, security expert and former colonel of British military intelligence, said: “This is a very serious breach of a company that provides the capacity to police forces across the UK.”
“The damage caused by this type of data breach is beyond comprehension as it questions the cybersecurity arrangements that exist between multiple public and private organizations to manage sensitive law enforcement data,” said Ingram.
NDI Technologies, a subsidiary of Dacoll, allows agents to access the PNC remotely. As a result, the company provides an essential service to 90 per cent of British police forces, The Daily Mail reports.
Statement by Dacoll
A Dacoll spokesperson gave a brief statement about the incident. The spokesperson confirmed that the