ALPHV attacks The Middleton Group

Date:

May 24, 2023

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Overview

Title

ALPHV attacks The Middleton Group

Victim

The Middleton Group

Attacker

ALPHV

Location

North Charleston, USA

North Charleston, South Carolina

Size of Attack

Unknown/TBD

First Reported

May 24, 2023

Last Updated

October 31, 2022

The Middleton Group, an architectural and interior design firm based in Charleston, South Carolina, has been hit with a ransomware attack. BlackCat ransomware group has claimed responsibility for the attack, posting The Middleton Group to its data leak site on May 24. In the post on its data leak site, BlackCat claims to have stolen 1.7GB of data from The Middleton Group. It is currently unclear how much money the group is demanding or how long The Middleton Group must pay to recover their stolen data. The company has not commented on the incident. The Middleton Group is a Charleston, South Carolina based architectural and interior design firm. It was founded in 2007 by Carolina natives Laura and Blake Middleton and has gone on to win multiple awards. The company has worked on a variety of project types, including restaurants, offices, medical, hospitality, adaptive reuse, historic, and residential. BlackCat, also known as ALPHV, is a ransomware operation that first surfaced in November 2021. It is a possible rebrand of the DarkSide ransomware gang, which was responsible for the infamous Colonial Pipeline incident in 2021. BlackCat is somewhat of a pioneer in ransomware circles, hosting their data leak site on the public internet rather than the dark web.

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