Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000, one of California’s largest unions, has confirmed a ransomware attack following claims made by the LockBit ransomware gang. The attack resulted in network disruptions, prompting the union to engage in investigations and enlist the help of external experts to restore operations and enhance network security. LockBit claimed to have stolen 308 gigabytes of data from the union, including sensitive employee information like Social Security numbers and financial documents.
While SEIU Local 1000 initially did not respond to inquiries regarding the incident, they later issued a public statement acknowledging the network disruption caused by encrypted data and affirming ongoing efforts to restore operations and bolster network security. They emphasized collaboration with law enforcement to address the criminal cyber act and reiterated their commitment to supporting affected individuals by providing free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. Despite the disruption, the union has continued its advocacy work for state workers, maintaining focus on important issues despite the cyberattack distractions.
The attack on SEIU Local 1000 is part of a broader trend of cyber threats facing institutions in California, with several cities and organizations falling victim to ransomware attacks and data breaches. Institutions like SEIU Local 1000 are taking proactive measures to mitigate cyber risks and safeguard sensitive information, while also raising awareness about the prevalence of cyberattacks and the importance of robust cybersecurity protocols. The incident underscores the need for continued vigilance and collaboration among organizations, law enforcement agencies, and cybersecurity experts to combat cyber threats effectively and protect against future attacks.
- Data breach at California state worker union targeted social security numbers, home addresses
- SEIU Local 1000