Daixin Team Claims City Of Dubai Ransomware Attack

The Government of Dubai has yet to release an official statement regarding the ransomware attack.

by Samiksha Jain June 13th, 2024

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The city of Dubai, known for its affluence and wealthy residents, has allegedly been hit by a ransomware attack claimed by the cybercriminal group Daixin Team. The group announced the city of Dubai ransomware attack on its dark web leak site on Wednesday, claiming to have stolen between 60-80GB of data from the Government of Dubai’s network systems.

According to the Daixin Team’s post, the stolen data includes ID cards, passports, and other personally identifiable information (PII). Although the group noted that the 33,712 files have not been fully analyzed or dumped on the leak site, the potential exposure of such sensitive information is concerning.

Dubai, a city with over three million residents and the highest concentration of millionaires globally, presents a rich target for cybercriminals.

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Potential Impact City of Dubai Ransomware Attack

The stolen data reportedly contains extensive personal information, such as full names, dates of birth, nationalities, marital statuses, job descriptions, supervisor names, housing statuses, phone numbers, addresses, vehicle information, primary contacts, and language preferences. Additionally, the databases appear to include business records, hotel records, land ownership details, HR records, and corporate contacts.

Source: Dark Web

Given that over 75% of Dubai’s residents are expatriates, the stolen data provides a treasure of information that could be used for targeted spear phishing attacks, vishing attacks, identity theft, and other malicious activities.

The city’s status as a playground for the wealthy, including 212 centi-millionaires and 15 billionaires, further heightens the risk of targeted attacks.

Daixin Team: A Persistent Threat

The Daixin Team, a Russian-speaking ransomware and data extortion group, has been active since at least June 2022. Known primarily for its cyberattacks on the healthcare sector, Daixin has recently expanded its operations to other industries, employing sophisticated hacking techniques.

A 2022 report by the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) highlights Daixin Team’s focus on the healthcare sector in the United States. However, the group has also targeted other sectors, including the hospitality industry. Recently, Daixin claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on Omni Hotels & Resorts, exfiltrating sensitive data, including records of all visitors dating back to 2017.

In another notable case, Bluewater Health, a prominent hospital network in Ontario, Canada, fell victim to a cyberattack attributed to Daixin Team. The attack affected several hospitals, including Windsor Regional Hospital, Erie Shores Healthcare, Chatham-Kent Health, and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

The Government of Dubai has yet to release an official statement regarding the ransomware attack. However, on accessing the official website of the Dubai government, no foul play was sensed as the websites were fully functional. This leaves the alleged ransomware attack unverified.


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