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Sunday, 15 November 2020 12:18

Melbourne firm's listing back on Windows REvil ransomware site

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Malicious attackers who used the Windows REvil ransomware to attack Nexia Australia and New Zealand, a network of solutions-focused accountancy and consultancy firms, have re-listed the company on their dark web site, along with screenshots of data that has been allegedly filched during the attack.

As iTWire reported on Thursday, the listing had been removed, something that normally happens when a victim pays whatever ransom has been demanded or else is negotiating with the attackers.

But a security source said it now looked like the first listing had been done to push the company into paying up.

Now after waiting a while and realising that this was not going to happen, the attackers had again listed Nexia, the source added. The attackers have said on the site that they would soon release the data that was stolen.

Nexia has denied that any data was stolen, based on reports from external IT consultant, Systima, a managed services provider, which was called in to deal with the incident, and the ISP Vocus.

In a statement provided last week, a Nexia spokesperson said: "The matter was swiftly dealt with by our external providers and co-ordinated by our in-house ICT manager and we are advised that there is no evidence of any movement of data/files," the spokesperson said.

"As part of the process passwords were changed, servers were patched and firewalls were geo-locked. Our systems continue to be monitored as per our standing arrangements."


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Sam Varghese

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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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