WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Last week, one of the most prolific ransomware groups in the world took credit for the cyberattack against Wichita, and Tuesday was the deadline for the city to shell out the cash or risk all that sensitive data getting released on the dark web.

"That sucks, and I hope my information's not leaked, I'll tell you that much," said Wichita resident Jacob Prickett.

Prickett speaks for many concerned Wichitans as the city announced Tuesday that some people's sensitive information like names, credit cards, and even social security numbers were, in fact, stolen as ransomware during the recent cyberattack.

Emsisoft Cyber Threat Analyst Brett Callow first discovered that a group called LockBit took credit for the attack, and Tuesday was a huge deadline.

"LockBit [was] due to publish the allegedly stolen information today," said Callow.

Callow showed us that LockBit posted some updates to its demands on the dark web, first claiming it has a lot of city data, including 500GB databases, and told the city to message them offers.

But as Callow closely watched the clock tick down to zero Tuesday afternoon, he said something strange happened.

"They haven't published the information. What, if anything, they will ever do with this? I don't know," said Callow.

Callow says usually, as soon as time is up, LockBit dumps all the files, making them available to anyone. But he says this time, it didn't release a single file. Instead, the group claimed it sold all of Wichita's data, something he says he can't remember LockBit ever doing.

"I don't believe they have. I don't think that has happened at all. I think this is a way of them trying to save face because they failed to monetize the attack. And also because they want their future victims to think that this is something that could happen. Just posting the information online, and then nothing bad happening after that, really doesn't give them much leverage with future victims," Callow explained.

Callow says as rare as it is for LockBit not to dump the files after the deadline, he thinks it's good news for residents like Prickett, at least for now.

"It would strongly suggest that the city didn't pay, which is absolutely the right strategy. Ransomware attacks happen for one reason, one reason only, and that is that some organizations do pay. If nobody pays any of the time, there'll be no more ransomware attacks. It really is that simple," Callow said.

Callow says even though it's a strong sign the criminals might just be moving on, you can never be too careful. Click here for more information on how to monitor and protect your identity.