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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Private Prison Operator Geo-Group Targeted by Ransomware Attack

The GEO Group, a company that runs prisons and detention centers in the US, UK, Australia, and South Africa disclosed that it was a victim of a ransomware attack on August 19 this year.

The GEO Group, a company that runs prisons and detention centers in the US, UK, Australia, and South Africa disclosed that it was a  victim of a ransomware attack on August 19 this year. 

GEO said that the hackers had stolen and leaked personal data of inmates and residents from the now-closed South Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility in Florida, a youth facility in Marienville, and a facility in California.

The stolen data were believed to be names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, driving license details, and healthcare details of the said residents.

“GEO implemented several containment and remediation measures to address the incident, restore its systems and reinforce the security of its networks and information technology systems,” said GEO Group. 

After detecting the breach, GEO immediately cut off all its connections between infected corporate servers, data centers, facilities, and the corporate office to prevent more damage.

GEO explained that the breach occurred after the hackers entered their network and installed ransomware. breach, the company immediately cut off all its connections between infected corporate servers, data centers, facilities, and the corporate office.

GEO claimed they have recovered the stolen data but did not clarify whether it was done by counteroffensive measures, or by paying the ransomware group.

In GEO’s SEC filing this week the company stated that no operations, businesses, or finances were affected.

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