Daixin Team claims Dubai ransomware attack

The group claims to have stolen a substantial amount of data.

Dubai, ransomware

Dubai, known for its ultra-luxurious lifestyle and wealthy population, has reportedly fallen victim to a ransomware attack by the Daixin Team. The cybercriminal group claimed on their dark blog to have exfiltrated 60-80GB of sensitive data from the Government of Dubai’s network systems, including ID cards, passports, and other personally identifiable information (PII).

The stolen data, which has not yet been fully analysed or released, reportedly includes many personal and business records. Among the sensitive information are details about the residents of this city in the UAE, many of whom are expatriates and high-net-worth individuals. Due to the city’s high concentration of wealthy residents, this data breach poses significant risks, such as identity theft and targeted phishing attacks.

The Daixin Team, a Russian-speaking ransomware group active since at least June 2022, is known for targeting various sectors, including healthcare and utilities. They typically gain access through compromised VPN servers or phishing attacks and often publish stolen data if ransom demands are not met. The Government of Dubai has been contacted for comment but has not yet responded.