Ransomware

Alleged Ted Brown Music Cyberattack Claimed By MEDUSA

The post provides details about Ted Brown Music, including its rich history, family ownership, along with a deadline of 7 days.

by Ashish Khaitan April 22, 2024 in Dark Web News, Firewall Daily, Hacker Claims Reading Time: 3 mins read 0

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Ted Brown Music, a longstanding family-owned full-service music store established in 1931, has allegedly been targeted by the group. The , marked by a post from the threat actors, further explains the depth of the attack and its repercussions. 

The dark web post, laden with countdown timers and cryptic codes, presents a harrowing scenario for Ted Brown Music. Beginning with a countdown of “DAYS”, “HOURS”, “MINUTES”, and “SECONDS”, it sets a tone of urgency, suggesting a deadline of 7 days before the stolen data gets published. 

Decoding the Ted Brown Music Cyberattack Claims

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Transitioning to more tangible information, the post provides details about Ted Brown Music, including its rich history, family ownership, and corporate address in Tacoma, Washington. With 95 employees and a distressing disclosure of 29.4 GB of leaked data, the magnitude of the alleged breach becomes all too apparent.

The ransom demands escalate, starting at $10,000 to add one more day before the data gets published. Similarly, by paying $300,000, the threat actor will “delete all data” or the organization can “download all data” again. The message concludes with the numeral “23”, adding the list of viewers who saw the data. 

The Cyber Express has reached out to the organization to learn more about this . However, at the time of writing this, no official statement or response has been received, leaving the claims for the Ted Brown Music cyberattack stand unverified. 

The Rise of MEDUSA Ransomware Group

The cyberattack on Ted Brown Music follows a list of cyberattacks faced by the music industry. According to Gitnux, the sector grapples with an alarming rate of cyber attacks, with breach detection often taking months and the average cost of an attack skyrocketing. 

Among these cyberattacks, the MEDUSA ransomware group has manifested into a sophisticated cybercrime group. Emerging as a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) platform in late 2022, Medusa gained infamy in 2023, primarily targeting Windows environments. 

The threat actors operate a site where they expose sensitive data from organizations that refuse to meet their ransom demands. Employing a multi-extortion approach, they offer victims choices like extending deadlines, deleting data, or downloading it, each option coming with a price. In addition to their Onion site, they use a Telegram channel named “information support” to publicly share compromised files, making them more accessible.

As for the cyberattack on Ted Brown Music, this is an ongoing story and The Cyber Express will be monitoring the situation. We'll update this post once we have more information on the alleged attack or any confirmation from the organization.

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