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Appliance maker Fisher & Paykel has been hit by attackers using the Nefilim ransomware, that runs only on Microsoft's Windows systems, and some files exfiltrated by them have been released on the dark web, security sources tell iTWire.

This means that the company has not agreed to pay whatever ransom was demanded by the attackers.

Nefilim, which recently attacked logistics and transportation firm Toll Holdings, is one of the growing number of ransomware that exfiltrates victims' files before encrypting them on-site.

This, in effect, means that any victim is hit by both a data breach and also loses access to his/her files.

The attackers released two files, one a list of the documents and the other a zipped file of the actual documents.


A screenshot of the Nefilim site on the dark web. Supplied

The file list shows that the materials released are financial documents dating back to 2014.

Fisher & Paykel, which is based in New Zealand, operates in 50 countries and does its manufacturing in Thailand, China, Italy and Mexico, according to Wikipedia.

There are no recent revenue figures given by Wikipedia, but the company's 2007 revenue was NZ$1.42 billion (A$1.32 billion).

Contacted for comment, threat researcher Brett Callow, who works for New Zealand-headquartered security outfit Emsisoft, said companies in this situation had no good options.

"They've been breached and, whether the ransom is paid or not, that does not change. Incidents such as this are not only a risk to the company itself, but also to its customers and business partners as it's very often their information that is exposed and posted online," he added.

Fisher & Paykel has no media contacts or email addresses listed on its Australian website. Its New Zealand site has no contacts either and appears to be out of date, with the latest press releases posted there being from 2018.

iTWire has written to a media contact listed on one of those 2018 releases and is also attempting to contact the company through a Web chat app to seek a reaction.

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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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