Iranian Hacking Group Leaks Patient and LGBTQ Info
An Iranian hacking group has released highly sensitive personal information on hundreds of thousands of Israeli medical patients and members of an LGBTQ site, in a purported ransom attack.
The Black Shadow group appears to have obtained the data after targeting Israeli hoster CyberServe, which reportedly refused to pay a $1m ransom.
Tuesday saw the release of medical records on 290,000 patients at Israel’s Machon Mor institute – including info on blood tests, treatments, CT scans, ultrasounds, colonoscopies and vaccinations. The group also published the full database from LGBTQ dating service Atraf, including members’ names, locations, and in some cases, their HIV status.
The details were reportedly uploaded to a Telegram channel.
Although it’s unclear how the hosting firm was compromised, Israel’s National Cyber Directorate reportedly warned it “several times” that its IT systems were vulnerable.
While the Black Shadow group demanded ransom payments to prevent full disclosure of the information, it’s unclear whether complying with its request would have worked.
Atraf members, in particular, will