US cyber attack: Data of more than 500,000 referees STOLEN in botched ransomware hack
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In a data breach notification letter filed with multiple states across the US, the company said that despite detecting and blocking the hackers from encrypting its files, the intruders managed to steal a copy of its backups. This backup contained data from ArbiterGame, ArbiterOne, and ArbiterWorks — three of the web applications used by schools and sports leagues to assign and manage the schedules and training programs of referees and game officials. ArbiterSports said it paid the hackers to delete the stolen data — a database backup.
It is believed the data leak has impacted around 540,000 of its registered members, who are referees, leagues officials and school representatives.
The ransomware attack took place on July 15 this year, but has now been published in the notification letters.
ArbiterSports issued a statement which said the data backups contained sensitive information such as account usernames and passwords, as well as social security numbers and addresses.
The company said: “The passwords and Social Security numbers were encrypted in the file, but the unauthorised party was able to decrypt the data.”
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Additional reporting from Grace MacRae
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