NRA Reportedly Targeted in Ransomware Attack

NRA Reportedly Targeted in Ransomware Attack

( – Cybercrime is on the rise. Hackers have targeted private sector companies, government servers, hospitals, and critical components of American infrastructure for years. A new report indicates hackers recently targeted the National Rifle Association (NRA).

On Wednesday, October 27, reports started emerging detailing claims by a group of cybercriminals who said they hacked the NRA’s database. The gang, believed to operate from Russia, published several files on the dark web that appeared to back up that claim.

It’s a fairly common practice for hackers to post samples of their ill-gotten files online as a kind of cyber form of “proof of life” to bolster their ransom demands. It’s also customary to take payment using cryptocurrency, which is nearly impossible to trace.

However, an anonymous source confirmed the association did experience problems with its email servers earlier in the week.

The United States hosted a virtual meeting on cybercrime with representatives totaling 30 countries in mid-October. The nation’s discussed solutions to the ongoing problem. The Associated Press reached out to the NRA for a comment, but the organization said it doesn’t comment on security issues.

What are your thoughts? Do you think the US needs to lead an international effort to fight cybercrime, or should it focus on problems at home first?

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