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Melbourne firm denies data stolen during ransomware attack

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A Melbourne firm which suffered a hit from cyber criminals using the Windows REvil ransomware has denied that any data was exfiltrated from its site, as was reported in these columns.

A spokesperson from Nexia Australia and New Zealand, a network of solutions-focused accountancy and consultancy firms, said the attack had taken place on 3 November and had been acted upon immediately.

An external IT consultant, Systima, was called in to deal with the incident and the spokesperson claimed that a report from the firm and a report from the Vocus exchange dated 11 November showed that no data had been exfiltrated.

The listing for Nexia on the website of the REvil operators on the dark web has now disappeared, something that normally happens when a victim pays whatever ransom has been demanded or else is negotiating with the attackers.

"The matter was swiftly dealt with by our external providers and co-ordinated by our in-house ICT manager and we are advised that there is no evidence of any movement of data/files," the spokesperson said.

"As part of the process passwords were changed, servers were patched and firewalls were geo locked. Our systems continue to be monitored as per our standing arrangements."

The spokesperson claimed that iTWire had not made contact with the firm, even though an email seeking comment was sent to the company on the morning of 7 November using the only email address available on its website.

A report was published on 10 November, a day after the company was asked to respond with its version of events.


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Sam Varghese

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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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