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Indian steel giant Tata Steel hit by Windows REvil ransomware

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An India-based tech website TechNadu has reported that Tata Steel, an Indian multinational steel-making company, has been hit by the Windows REvil ransomware — also known as Sodinokibi — which reportedly attempted to extort the company to the tune of US$4 million (A$5.22 million) but failed.

iTWire spoke to Tata Steel's media contact Sarvesh Kumar on Thursday after repeated calls to him on Wednesday, both on a mobile line and a landline, were not answered.

Kumar said he would send a response to an email seeking comment on the alleged attack, which had been sent to him on 6 April. But he has not yet done so.

The email was also forwarded on Wednesday [7 April] to Rob Simpson who is listed on the Tata Steel website as a contact person for the company in Europe. No reply has been received

The actors behind REvil have posted a number of technical diagrams allegedly filched from the company on their dark web site. All are marked confidential.

The TechNadu report said the initial ransom amount had been doubled to US$8 million in the monero cryptocurrency and encryption of files on the Tata Steel site had taken place on 25 March.

Tata Steel, formerly known as Tata Iron and Steel Company, is a subsidiary of the Tata Group. It is based in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand state and headquartered in Mumbai.

The company reported net profits of Rs 2148 crores (US$300 million) in 2020, according to Wikipedia. It had 32,364 employees last year.

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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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