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Thursday, 22 October 2020 06:18

Big engineering consultancy takes a hit from REvil ransomware

Big engineering consultancy takes a hit from REvil ransomware Courtesy Meinhardt

The Meinhardt Group, an engineering consultancy with 51 offices worldwide and 5000 employees, appears to have been attacked by a group using the REvil ransomware last month.

The group has offices in Greater China, United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, the Middle East and Africa, according to information on its website.

The group says that, by revenue, it is ranked among the largest independent engineering consulting firms globally.

It has expertise in consulting on Civil & Infrastructure, Planning & Urban Development, Structural Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering, Project Management, Water & Environment.

And its specialist capabilities cover Façade Engineering; Environmentally Sustainable Designs (ESD); Fire Performance Engineering; Integrated Design Management; Specialist Lighting and Mission Critical Facility Design.

According to information leaked on the dark web, the group, which has its headquarters in Singapore, about one terabyte of information was leaked from the company before the encryption of files was effected.

While the gang that carried out the attack warned that it would leak the company's data within 72 hours after the notification, there has been no further statement made. Nor is the data available.

But there are quite a few screenshots of technical drawings and listings of computer directories on the dark web site used by the ransomware group.

iTWire contacted the company on 14 September, but has still not heard back. A reminder has been sent on Thursday.

There is no media email address on the company's website for making contact; there is only a generic one to which the query was sent.


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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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