‘Ransomware group threatens to leak KNVB contracts from trainers and players’

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The Lockbit criminal group owns contracts of football players and football coaches, documents about pending disciplinary cases and detailed information about the management and commercial affairs of the association. The AD and RTL News report this.

The criminals announced earlier this month that they had stolen more than 300 gigabytes of data. At that time it was not yet known exactly what had been stolen. According to RTL and AD, this concerns 230,000 files of which Lockbit has shared screenshots on the dark web. Lockbit threatens to make everything public if payment is not made before April 26. It is unknown how much ransom is demanded.

The KNVB reported earlier this month that cybercriminals had broken into the ICT network of the football association. When it was announced that personal data of employees had been stolen. The union also said it had reported it to the Dutch Data Protection Authority.

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Lockbit is a notorious ransomware group whose name refers to the ransomware of the same name. According to investigative services, the group has close ties with Russia. In November last year, a man of Russian and Canadian nationality, Mikhail Vasilyev, was indicted by US prosecutors for participating in Lockbit’s ransomware campaign.

According to the US Department of Justice, Lockbit has now demanded $ 100 million in ransom in the United States and abroad. It allegedly received “tens of millions of dollars in actual ransom payments”.

A spokesman for the KNVB does not want to say anything about the attack for “strategic considerations”. “The forensic investigation is still ongoing,” said the spokesman.

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