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Anglicare Sydney says 17GB of data exfiltrated during ransomware attack Featured

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About 17GB of data has been exfiltrated from Anglicare Sydney, a Christian not-for-profit that supports people across the greater Sydney and Illawarra regions, to a remote location during a ransomware attack, according to a statement put out by the organisation.

But in the same statement, Anglicare claimed there was no evidence that data had been stolen.

The attack, which took place on 31 August, was made public by Anglicare Sydney on 2 September.

None of the ransomware sites that regularly carry out attacks of this nature have as yet listed Anglicare Sydney on their websites.

The data of victims who refuse to negotiate with the cyber criminals who stage these kind of attacks is often published on their websites, in order to put pressure on the victim to settle.

Anglicare Sydney said only its systems had been affected and not those of the government. It also emphasised that the attack was only on the Sydney unit.

The statement, on Saturday, said the organisation had an incident response plan in place to tackle this kind of situation, involving off-site back-ups and a refusal to engage with cyber-criminals.

"Once the cyber attack was detected, Anglicare Sydney immediately embarked on remediation and investigation including the engagement of cyber security experts. A formal forensic investigation by third parties is still ongoing," the organisation said.

Contacted for comment, a NSW Government spokesperson said: "Department of Communities and Justice cyber security staff were quick to act on potential threats posed by the Anglicare cyber-attack. DCJ took immediate protective action to ensure the cyber breach did not impact their systems.

"At this point Cyber Security NSW is not aware of any impacts on NSW Government systems or services from the Anglicare cyber-attack.

"Cyber Security NSW, together with DCJ, is working closely with Anglicare to assist with their investigation and response to the incident, including engaging with NSW Police."

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Sam Varghese

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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