Evolve data breach exposes LockBit’s false claim of Federal Reserve ransom leak


Evolve Bank & Trust Data Breach: LockBit Bluff or Blunder?

Evolve Bank & Trust, a commercial bank and mortgage lender, has admitted to a data breach after sensitive information was leaked online by the notorious LockBit criminal group. This revelation comes after the gang initially claimed that the data was stolen from the US Federal Reserve.

The bank first disclosed the cybersecurity incident on its website, stating that the illegally obtained data may include personally identifiable information such as names, Social Security Numbers, dates of birth, and account information of some Evolve retail bank customers and financial technology partners’ customers.

Despite the initial confusion caused by LockBit’s claim that the data was stolen from the Federal Reserve, it was later confirmed that Evolve Bank & Trust was the actual victim of the breach. The gang had published over 2.4 terabytes of information and 21 data links on its dark blog, all files clearly labeled with the bank’s name.

As the investigation continues, Evolve has reassured its customers that their debit cards, online, and digital banking credentials do not appear to be impacted by the incident. However, the breach has raised concerns about the security practices of financial organizations and the need for proactive defense against cyber threats.

LockBit, known for its ransomware attacks, has been responsible for a significant number of cyber incidents in recent years. With millions in Bitcoin ransom payouts from its victims, the group shows no signs of slowing down despite law enforcement efforts to dismantle its infrastructure. Financial organizations are urged to prioritize threat detection and response to prevent future attacks.

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