On Tuesday 7th of March 2023, the Medusa ransomware gang listed the Minneapolis Public Schools district as a victim on its Tor data leak site, threatening to publish all data it allegedly stole from the public school district by Friday the 17th of March 2023. The ransomware gang has demanded a payment of $1 million for the deletion of all data while also offering the sale of the data for $1 million to any interested buyers.
The ransom demand gained public interest within the cyber security industry because the ransomware gang threat actors created a 51-minute video showing all of the data allegedly stolen from the Minneapolis Public Schools district.
The Minneapolis Public School published an announcement on Wednesday 1st of March 2023, where disclosing they had suffered an “encryption event” that caused system outages since Tuesday 21st of February 2023. They also stated that they are not planning to pay the ransom and instead have opted to restore the data.