If folks in Los Angeles were upset about the ransomware incident involving the Los Angeles Unified School District, they might want to buckle up before reading this: It appears that LockBit 3.0 has managed to compromise and exfiltrate data from the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). Municipal housing authorities collect and store a great deal of personal information on residents and landlords, and HACLA’s site can be used to apply for housing, pay rent, or other functions that involve personal data. The screencaps LockBit posted as proof of access suggest that this leak, if and when it happens, may affect many people who sought housing assistance from the city and may also impact employees. At the time of publication, HACLA’s website appears to be operational and there is no notice of any incident on their site or on their Twitter account. The agency’s office was scheduled to be closed on December 30 and January 2 due to the holiday, but DataBreaches has sent an email inquiry to the agency anyway, seeking their response to the claimed attack, and will update this post when a reply is received. For now, however, although the screencaps look convincing, this attack has not yet been confirmed or denied.
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