Voter, Bee databases hit with ransomware attack

Adam Ashton reports:

Two Sacramento Bee databases on a third-party computer server were seized last month by an anonymous hacker who demanded The Bee pay a ransom in Bitcoin to get the data back.

The intrusion, which was discovered by a Bee employee last week, exposed one database containing California voter registration data from the California Secretary of State and another that had contact information for 53,000 current and former Bee subscribers who activated their digital accounts prior to 2017.

The Bee did not pay the ransom and has deleted the databases to prevent further attacks, Publisher Gary Wortel said.

Wortel said The Bee is notifying affected subscribers that their names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers were exposed.

Source: Sacbee

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