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NFL’s 49ers Hit by Ransomware Attack

The 49ers said they have notified law enforcement officials and have hired a cybersecurity team to assist with its investigation.

The San Francisco 49ers said it was the victim of a ransomware attack, with the hackers claiming to have released some of the NFL team’s financial data online, the Associated Press reported

The ransomware group BlackByte said reportedly released a file labeled “2020 Invoices” on the dark web, though it specify how much data it had stolen or encrypted, or what it wanted in return. 

BlackByte is a ransomware-as-a-service group, meaning decentralized, independent operators cooperate to develop the malware and hack into organizations, per the AP. 

In a statement, the 49ers, who were a game away from competing in the Super Bowl this year, confirmed the cyber-attack, saying that it has disrupted some of its corporate IT networks. 

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