The 49ers Hit by Blackbyte Ransomware Attack

The San Francisco 49ers (sometimes known as the San Francisco Forty Niners) are an American football club from the San Francisco Bay Area that competes in the National Football League.

Originally a founder member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), the club became a member of the National Football League (NFL) in 1949 when the leagues merged. The San Francisco 49ers were the first major league professional sports club to be headquartered in the city, and they are the NFL’s 10th-oldest franchise overall.

Between 1981 and 1994, the San Francisco 49ers won five Super Bowl victories.

What Happened?

BleepingComputer confirmed that the team was the victim of an assault, which caused a brief interruption to elements of their information technology network.

The team did not confirm whether or not the ransomware was successfully delivered, but stated they were still in the process of restoring systems, implying that the devices were most likely encrypted.

The San Francisco 49ers recently became aware of a network security incident that resulted in temporary disruption to certain systems on our corporate IT network. Upon learning of the incident, we immediately initiated an investigation and took steps to contain the incident.

Third-party cybersecurity firms were engaged

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