The San Francisco 49ers professional football team has been hit by a ransomware attack. Ransomware ring BlackByte claims to have stolen financial data from the NFL team. The football team has confirmed the cyber attack on BleepingComputer.
The NFL team said in a statement on Sunday that they learned that several systems were affected by a “network security incident.” The BlackByte ransomware gang has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In ransomware attacks, cybercriminals break into corporate networks and attempt to steal data. The hackers place malware on all devices that the network encrypts. The hackers then contact the affected organization and make ransom demands. The files are not decrypted until the money is transferred.
As the NFL geared up for Super Bowl 2022, BlackByte posted several team documents on a website called “Invoice 2020.” BlackByte usually releases victims’ data to an increasing extent. The hackers do this to further pressure victims to pay. It is not known how much data was stolen. The ransom demand is also unknown.
The NFL team says they alerted the police and hired a cybersecurity company to help. The team said