lockbit2 attacks Kansas Highway Patrol General Headquarters

Incident Date:

June 5, 2022

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lockbit2 attacks Kansas Highway Patrol General Headquarters


Kansas Highway Patrol General Headquarters




Topeka, USA

Kansas, USA

First Reported

June 5, 2022

Kansas Highway Patrol Suffers Ransomware Attack

The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) has been targeted by the ransomware group Lockbit2, with the attack confirmed through a leak on the group's dark web site. The organization operates in the Government sector and is a state law enforcement agency dedicated to providing service, courtesy, and protection to the citizens of Kansas. It employs a diverse range of personnel, including technical troopers and capital police officers.

The size of the Kansas Highway Patrol is not explicitly stated. However, the attack's impact on the Kansas judicial branch, which includes the state's appellate courts and district courts in 104 counties, suggests that the Kansas Highway Patrol is part of a larger government system affected by the ransomware attack.

The specific vulnerabilities that led to the Kansas Highway Patrol being targeted by Lockbit2 are not detailed. Nonetheless, it is noted that the attack was executed by a ransomware gang based in Russia, indicating that the attackers may have exploited vulnerabilities in the organization's cybersecurity defenses, potentially through social engineering or known software vulnerabilities.

As of now, the Kansas Highway Patrol has not released a statement regarding the ransomware attack. The focus remains on the attack on the Kansas judicial branch, which occurred in October 2023. The recovery process is ongoing, with Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Marla Luckert expressing optimism that full functionality of all systems is "on the near horizon".


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