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Tuesday, 10 November 2020 11:36

Melbourne firm takes a hit from Windows REvil ransomware

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Nexia Australia and New Zealand, a network of solutions-focused accountancy and consultancy firms, has been hit by cyber criminals using the Windows REvil ransomware. (Nexia has contested this story and its version of events is here.)

The company is part of the Nexia International Group that reported recenue of about US$4.3 billion ($A5.9 billion) in 2019.

The attackers claim to have stolen 76GB of data during the incident which took place recently.

iTWire contacted the company on Saturday, seeking a reply by Monday. The company has not responded to date.

The attackers have posted screenshots of a range of data on their web site on the dark web.

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A screenshot from the REvil website showing data from Nexia. Supplied

No data has been posted online as yet, indicating that the criminals may be waiting for the company to act on the ransom note which is normally generated after an attack of this nature.

REvil, which is also known as Sodinokibi, has been used in many attacks this year. It was used to hit the publicly listed US transportation services firm Matson, big casino supplier Gaming Partners International Corporation, Meinhardt Group, an engineering consultancy with 51 offices worldwide and 5000 employees, American IT staffing company Artech Information Systems, and publicly traded professional distribution management firm DXP Enterprises.

Others to suffer were Adif, an infrastructure company owned by the Spanish Government, Argentina's biggest Internet service provider Telecom Argentina, leading retirement specialist Actuaries and Associates, the website of Cooke County in Texas, and Australian drinks manufacturer Lion.

Melbourne-based contract formulation and packing company Chem Pack, New York-based entertainment and media lawyers Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, Sydney sports specialty store chain Instore, American food distribution firm Harvest/Sherwood Food Distributors, SeaChange, a global public supplier of video delivery software, and Melbourne-based government-accredited IT services provider Geidi were all hit by gangs using REvil as well.

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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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