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A notorious ransomware gang have compromised a number of Australian companies and are extorting them. The group was responsible for the June breach of Australia’s largest law firm, HWL Ebsworth. They have claimed responsibility over attacks of several Australian companies in the health, real estate and law sectors, and have stolen at least 4.95 terabytes worth of data. The ransomware gang is threatening to reach out directly to the victims to offer them the option to pay to prevent the public disclosure of their information if the organisations refuse to negotiate. A number of the compromises are connected to a Melbourne IT managed service provider. Investigations are still ongoing along with validation of the attacker’s claim. Initial suggestions is indicating that the origins of entry was a targeted client-side phishing attack.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast