BlackByte Tackles the SF 49ers & US Critical Infrastructure

Hours before the Superbowl and two days after the FBI warned about the ransomware gang, BlackByte leaked what are purportedly the NFL team’s files.

The San Francisco 49ers were recently kneecapped by a BlackByte ransomware attack that temporarily discombobulated the NFL team’s corporate IT network on the Big Buffalo Wing-Snarfing Day itself: Superbowl Sunday.

BlackByte – a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) gang that leases its ransomware to affiliates who cut it in on a share of ransom profits – claimed responsibility for the attack by leaking files purportedly stolen in the cyber assault.

The 49ers confirmed the attack to Threatpost on Monday. The team’s statement:

“We 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.”

The 49ers brought in third-party cybersecurity firms to assist and notified law enforcement. The team was still investigating as of Monday, but so far, it looks like the intrusion was limited to its corporate IT network and didn’t affect ticket systems or systems at the team’s home base, Levi’s Stadium..

“To date, we

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