The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California was reportedly the victim of a ransomware attack in April.
According to information received by The Record-Courier, the tribe found that several of its servers were encrypted on April 27.
The were able to recover most of their data and thought they wouldn’t need to make a ransom payment. On May 5, the tribe discovered its data had been posted to the dark web.
The tribe’s insurer confirmed that 100 gigabytes of data had been extracted from the server.
The web site databreaches.net included the tribe in a list of tribes that were hacked.
On Thursday, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security launched a website called stopransomware.gov to provide resources for people, businesses and other organizations.
The site is a central location for information about ransomware, which has become a growing national security threat.
According to the government, around $350 million in ransom was paid in ransoms during 2020, triple the amount in 2019.
Three-quarters of ransomware attacks hit small businesses, many of which have yet to adequately protect their networks.
Ransomware attacks have made national headlines and resulted in the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline, which supplied oil to the Northeast, prompting a gasoline shortage.