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Australian freight forwarding and logistics firm Henning Harders has been hit by Windows ransomware, with the company saying that customer data may have been accessed, but that there was no evidence to show such data had been misused.

In an undated online post, which listed "March 2020" as the date, the company said it had become aware of "unusual activity on its systems" early last Sunday (15 March).

Security sources have indicated to iTWire that the ransomware in question is Maze as the people behind it often post the names of companies they have attacked on their website.

Both Henning Harders Sydney and Melbourne offices have been listed by the people behind Maze as sites that were attacked.

In a note to clients, Henning Harders said it had engaged cyber security experts and begun an investigation.

Affected customers were advised to contact their respective key account manager for any further information.

According to its own website, Henning Harders has operations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Orange.

Across the ditch, it has offices in Auckland and Wellington which were opened after it acquired the global logistics firm Profile Global. The company has a total of 130 staff.

Contacted for comment, a Henning Harders spokesperson told iTWire that the investigation into the incident was still underway.

The spokesperson said the company's operations continued as normal.

In response to a specific query, the spokesperson said the Australian Cyber Security Centre had been informed about what had happened.

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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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