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Monday, 29 June 2020 10:20

Big-name Connecticut legal firm takes a hit from Sekhmet ransomware

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A gang of hackers has used the Sekhmet ransomware to attack the site of Coles, Baldwin, Kaiser & Creager, a legal firm based in Connecticut, that has a long list of well-known clients.

The company, which is also known as CBK Law, describes itself as having a national experience base with its lawyers representing some of the biggest firms in the US.

It is based in Fairfield, Connecticut, and has an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The main lawyers are managing partner John Kaiser, partner Catherine Creager, Fairfield town attorney James Baldwin, Of Counsel Kevin Coles and Of Counsel Martin McCann.

According to Wikipedia, of counsel is the title of an attorney in the US legal profession who often has a relationship with a law firm or an organisation but is neither an associate nor partner.

Sekhmet is another ransomware package that attacks only Windows systems. The attackers have released one zip file on the dark web allegedly containing documents that have been stolen from the law firm.

The same ransomware was recently used to attack SilPac, a gas handling solutions company based in Santa Clara, California, with indications that the attackers retained their access to the company's systems after the initial encryption was completed.

Some of the clients of CBK Law, past and present, listed on its website are: Admiral Insurance Company, Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., American Red Cross, Bechtel Corporation, Business Training Systems, Inc., Christian Life Church, City of Middletown, City of Milford, City of Shelton, CNA Insurance Companies, Connecticut Interlocal Risk Agency, and Crawford and Company.

Others listed are CVS Corporation, FirstPlace Software, Inc., Hecht & Company, iProspect.com, Inc., East Hartford Housing Authority, Exeter Insurance Company, Fleet Bank, H.E. Palmer Inc., Housing Authority Risk Retention Group, Hughes Design, Inc., Investors Insurance Group, Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., The MacDonald Companies, Marriot Casualty Claims, Maxum Specialty Insurance Group and May Company Dept. Stores.

Also on the list are National Union Insurance Company, Pentagon City Mall, Peoples Bank, Premier Graphics, Inc., Publish Media, LLC, a Division of International Data Group, RSKCo, Safeco Insurance Company, Sam's Club, Sedgwick James of CT, Inc., Southern Management, Summit Bank, Torrington Housing Authority, Town of Fairfield, Town of Manchester, Town of Monroe, Town of Trumbull, W.B. Harrigan Investments, Wethersfield Housing Authority and ZonRe-USA, LLC.

iTWire has contacted the company for comment.


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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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