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Australian company Jands appears to have been hit by Windows ransomware

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Cyber criminals appear to have used the Windows NetWalker ransomware to attack the website of Australian firm Jands, which distributes some leading audio, lighting and staging brands for installation, production and retail industries throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The people behind the attack have posted a screenshot of data stolen from Jands on their website. Going by that, what seems to have been stolen is financial data, customer details and other miscellaneous data.

Jands has been in business since 1970 and is based in Mascot, NSW.

NetWalker has not been used in many attacks recently. One attack of note was on Forsee Power, a company that designs and manufactures smart lithium-ion battery systems for electro-mobility markets.

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Another was an attack on Trinity Metro, a regional transportation authority of the state of Texas.

Prior to that the University of California in San Francisco admitted it paid US$1.14 million to a gang that used NetWalker to attack its systems. A fourth case was that of Australian customer experience firm Stellar, that also operates across Asia, North America and Africa.

iTWire has contacted Jands for comment.

Brett Callow, a ransomware threat researcher who works for the New Zealand-headquartered security firm Emsisoft, said NetWalker was a sophisticated ransomware-as-a-service operation that mainly targeted enterprise-space companies.

"It only accepts affiliates with proven access to enterprise-space networks," he added. "Like other groups, NetWalker uses a range of attack vectors including phishing and RDP."


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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