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Maze gang leaves behind bitter taste for Indian sweets maker Haldiram's Featured

Maze gang leaves behind bitter taste for Indian sweets maker Haldiram's Courtesy Haldiram's

In what looks to be an unusual choice of victim, a cyber criminal gang has used the Maze Windows ransomware to attack the well-known Indian sweets manufacturer Haldiram's and has released some data stolen from the company.

Ransomware packages are designed to encrypt files found on a victim's site. The exfiltration of files is done through PowerShell scripts.

The release of the zipped data is an indication that the victim has not yet responded to the ransom note generated by the ransomware after the encryption process is complete. The file put online appears to be corrupt and the contents cannot be viewed.

Haldiram's was started in 1937 in the city of Bikaner in the north Indian state of Rajasthan by Ganga Bhishen Agarwal.

The company set up a branch in the capital, New Delhi, in 1982, and slowly began to make a name for itself as a maker of quality sweets.


A screenshot of the Maze website announcement about the attack on Haldiram's.

Haldiram's then began exporting its products to the US to capitalise on the large migrant Indian population there.

The company now also exports to Australia and its products are sold at many of the groceries that stock Indian foods.

Haldiram's overtook Nestlé Maggi, Domino's and McDonald's in 2016 to become India's biggest maker of snacks, registering turnover of 40 billion Indian rupees (A$746 million).

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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