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Saturday, 25 July 2020 06:39

Sydney strata management firm Strata Plus hit by Maze ransomware

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The Australian strata management company Strata Plus appears to have been hit by a gang using the Maze ransomware that can wreak havoc on Windows systems.

The gang has used the Maze website to provide an indication that it has carried out an attack, but says proof will only be available later.

The Sydney-based firm provides tailored management solutions for strata and community schemes, and building management committees, according to its website.

It has five offices — in Central Sydney, Parramatta, Newcastle, Tweed Heads and Port Stephens — and a workforce of 50.

iTWire has contacted the company for comment.

Maze is used widely by a variety of attack groups and was used to attack the global technology firm Pitney Bowes.

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Other attacks of note have been on the Texas foundry group X-FAB, a Thailand power authority, the Belgian accounting firm HLB and the global defence group ST Engineering.

There were also claims of a Maze attack on South Korea's LG group, but these were called into question by Emsisoft ransomware threat researcher Brett Callow who described the group as a "bunch of lowlifes", adding that lowlifes were not known for their honesty.

He said his reasoning was based on several factors that had been noticed in the behaviour of groups using Maze after the pandemic began: a change from listing two or three firms in a day to listing a much larger number; posting password-protected archives for which the passwords did not work; auctioning data after the COVID-19 crisis got into full swing; and another group, REvil, claiming to have data on Donald Trump and then claiming to have sold it.

Callow added that it now looked like these groups could be auctioning data from old attacks that happened before they launched their leak site, all tactics that seemed to indicate desperation.


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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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