After extending a deadline for weeks in an attempt to extract a ransom, hackers have posted a trove of data seized late last year from the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.
It was not immediately clear whether personally identifiable information like addresses or phone numbers was included in the documents. By Friday afternoon, the site had gone down, as Lockbit’s dark web sites often do.
HACLA, one of the nation’s largest public housing authorities, provides affordable housing to more than 83,000 households in its Public Housing and Section 8 rental assistance programs, and offers a range of permanent supportive housing programs for homeless households.
Brett Callow, a threat analyst for the New Zealand-based cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, said the hackers posted the data in two tranches, the first on March 9. A banner announcing, ‘ALL FILES UPLOADED” was then posted at 9:08 p.m. Thursday local time.
Callow, who alerted The Times to the posting, said he had not accessed the data because he had “no reason to further invade folks’ privacy.”