NRA responds to reports of Grief ransomware attack

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has released a statement today after a ransomware gang claimed to have attacked the organization. 

The Grief ransomware gang — which has ties to the prolific Russian cybercrime group Evil Corp — posted about the NRA on its leak site, setting off hours of headlines and concerns from members of the group. 

By Wednesday afternoon, NRA Public Affairs managing director Andrew Arulanandam took to Twitter to say the group is doing what it can to protect the data of its members.

“NRA does not discuss matters relating to its physical or electronic security. However, the NRA takes extraordinary measures to protect information regarding its members, donors, and operations – and is vigilant in doing so.” Arulanandam said. 

Cybersecurity researchers began posting about the incident on Wednesday after Grief said it had 13 files allegedly from the NRA’s databases. Analysis of the released documents show it is minutes from a recent NRA board meeting as well as documents related to grants. It threatened to leak more files if the NRA did not pay an undisclosed ransom. 

Brett Callow

The NRA will be faced with a difficult decision considering Evil Corp was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department in 2019, meaning

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