The Houston Rockets are investigating a cyber-attack in which malicious agents tried to install ransomware on the basketball team's internal systems. Representatives of group of the NBA stated that the organization is currently working closely with the FBI, in an investigation conducted to investigate the security incident.
"The Houston Rockets recently identified suspicious activity on some systems within its network. We started an investigation immediately ", said a representative of the basketball team in a relevant statement via email, also noting that experts from the cybersecurity sector are also helping for this incident.
"Our internal security tools have prevented the installation of ransomware, with the exception of some systems that do not affect our operations.", the statement also states.
The Houston Rockets said on April 14 that they had heard reports that the hackers behind the cyberattack claimed to have obtained inside business information from the group.
In addition, the NBA basketball team reported the following: "While the investigation is ongoing, the incident had no effect on our business or our ability to care for our fans, employees and players."
However, the team noted that it is difficult to determine the extent and potential impact of the security incident until the investigation is completed.
The Houston Rockets added that they would alert anyone who might be affected if they found personal information to be at risk.
Bloomberg reported on April 14 that a hacking group with the name Babuk claims to have stolen 500 gigabytes of data from the Houston Rockets, including contracts, non-disclosure agreements and financial data.
Babuk was discovered earlier this year and has already broken into at least five major companies, according to reports. In one case, the victim paid a ransom of $ 85.000 after negotiations, according to Bloomberg, citing data gathered by McAfee security investigators.