September 29, 2023

The governing physique for soccer within the Netherlands mentioned this week that it paid a ransom to hackers who breached its methods earlier this yr and stole the delicate knowledge of greater than greater than 1.2 million workers and members.

The Royal Dutch Soccer Affiliation (KNVB) didn’t say how massive the ransom was, but it surely confirmed that the prolific LockBit ransomware gang — which took credit score for the incident — was certainly behind the assault.

The KNVB, primarily based in Zeist, runs the nation’s fundamental skilled leagues, the Dutch males’s and girls’s nationwide groups, the Dutch Cup and beginner leagues.

In April KNVB’s management had introduced the incident, saying the group’s enterprise operations weren’t affected however the intruders had obtained private knowledge. Regulation enforcement companies within the Netherlands and the Dutch Information Safety Authority have been notified.

That very same month, LockBit claimed to have stolen 305 GB of information.

KNVB revealed this week that these probably affected embody:

  • The mother and father or guardians of underage gamers who have been transferred internationally between 2014-2019.
  • Gamers who have been transferred internationally between 2015-2021.
  • Gamers who performed for knowledgeable soccer group between 2016-2018.
  • Individuals who despatched declarations to the KNVB primarily based on their relationship with the KNVB (within the broadest sense) from 2010 to 2022.
  • Anybody who had contact with the KNVB Sports activities Medical Heart.
  • Anybody who was concerned in disciplinary issues (e.g. a sanction) from 1999-2020.

For many victims, their authorities ID and signature have been stolen however many had names, addresses, wage particulars and checking account numbers accessed. Medical particulars and knowledge in disciplinary information have been additionally included in a number of the knowledge accessed.

KNVB mentioned the gang threatened to publish the info until the affiliation paid a ransom. The concept of “stopping such a selection in the end weighs extra closely” than buckling to extortion makes an attempt, KNVB mentioned. Primarily based on the steering they got from cyber forensics agency Fox-IT, they determined to pay the undisclosed ransom.

However out of warning, they needed to inform anybody affected that their knowledge could have been accessed or exfiltrated from KNVB methods.

Many victims have been contacted immediately, and the KNVB put advertisements in native newspapers to inform the general public about what occurred. However the group urged victims to verify again on the doc for updates concerning the incident.

In an FAQ offered together with the assertion, the group made the controversial declare that it doesn’t anticipate the knowledge accessed to be “misused or additional distributed” primarily based on what specialists informed them.

“Their expertise exhibits that such cybercriminals honor the agreements they’ve made,” the group asserted. Cybersecurity specialists say, nevertheless, that cybercriminals shouldn’t be trusted to honor their guarantees.

Tuesday’s assertion warned victims to be cautious of any calls purporting to be from their financial institution or different monetary establishments.

Regardless of experiences of dissension inside LockBit, alleged members proceed to dominate the hacker panorama with dozens of assaults every month. The gang lately took credit score for an assault on a 100-year-old municipal group that manages electrical infrastructure within the metropolis of Montreal

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Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig is a Breaking Information Reporter at Recorded Future Information. Jonathan has labored throughout the globe as a journalist since 2014. Earlier than shifting again to New York Metropolis, he labored for information shops in South Africa, Jordan and Cambodia. He beforehand lined cybersecurity at ZDNet and TechRepublic.