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Publicly listed US transportation services firm Matson appears to have been hit by a gang of cyber criminals using the Windows REvil ransomware, with the thieves claiming to have stolen a terabyte of data.

Some screenshots of the stolen data has been released on the REvil site on the dark web, with the attackers claiming they have data on tax, logistics, and personal data on clients and employees.

Matson, which was founded in 1882, has annual revenue of about US$2 billion.

It has a subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, that provides ocean shipping services across the Pacific to Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia, the South Pacific, China and Japan, according to Wikipedia.

iTWire contacted the company for comment on 28 October, but has not yet heard back.

The attackers warned that they would put up the stolen data for auction, and would release about 3GB of the data on dark web for prospective buyers to review.

REvil, which is also known as Sodinokibi, has been used in many attacks this year. It was used to hit the big casino equipment suppllier Gaming Partners International Corporation, the 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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