Clop Ransomware Attack Hits U.S. Government, Schools, and Businesses

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State governments in Minnesota and Illinois have also been affected. Furthermore, state agencies announced that 3.5 million Oregonians with driver’s licenses or state ID cards, as well as individuals in possession of such documentation in Louisiana, had their information compromised.

Georgia’s state-wide university system, comprising the University of Georgia and several other state colleges and universities, confirmed an investigation into the severity and scope of the cyberattack.

According to Brett Callow, a threat analyst at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, Aon and The Boston Globe are also victims of the attack. 

Callow tweeted that there are now 63 confirmed known victims, in addition to an unspecified number of US government agencies. Aon stated that it is investigating an incident impacting its clients, while The Boston Globe did not provide immediate comments.

Academic institutions have not been spared either. Johns Hopkins University and its massive health system have reported potential theft of sensitive personal and financial information, including health billing records.

Clop operates on the dark web

Clop, the Russian ransomware gang behind the cybersecurity attack, is notorious for demanding multimillion-dollar payments from victims in exchange for not publishing the data they claim to have hacked.