Last Updated on 15/03/2023 by TheDigitalHacker
The Los Angeles Housing Authority has announced a data breach after being hit by a ransomware attack. In a statement, the organization stated that it detected unusual activity on its servers and immediately launched an investigation.
After conducting an extensive forensic analysis, the authority discovered that a ransomware attack had occurred, which had encrypted its data. The Housing Authority noted that it was able to restore its systems from backups and did not pay the ransom demand.
The organization also stated that it has taken steps to enhance its security measures and prevent future attacks from occurring. However, during the investigation, the authority found that some sensitive data may have been accessed and stolen by the attackers. The data potentially accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and financial information.
The Housing Authority has sent notification letters to all potentially impacted individuals and is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to them. The organization has also reported the incident to law enforcement and is cooperating with their investigation.
This incident highlights the importance of having robust security measures in place to protect sensitive information. Organizations should regularly back up their data, implement strong access controls, and train their employees on how to detect and avoid phishing and other cyber attacks.
In the event of a breach, organizations should have a response plan in place to quickly identify and contain the attack, as well as notify impacted individuals and law enforcement.
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