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Melbourne IT services firm Geidi hit by REvil ransomware Featured

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The group behind the REvil Windows ransomware has hit Melbourne-based government-accredited IT services provider Geidi and is waiting to hear from the company, security sources have told iTWire.

REvil, which is also known as Sodinokibi, was first identified in April last year and is operated by the GOLD SOUTHFIELD threat group, according to the counter threat unit research team at Secureworks.

iTWire contacted Geidi on Tuesday, using the Web form on the company's site, the only means of contact available apart from a 1300 number. No response has yet been received.

A list of some of the files purloined from Geidi has been glimpsed by iTWire.

Geidi has been in business since 2000 and recently set up operations in the Philippines. It has a branch in Perth as well.

The company offers business solutions, IT support and infrastructure, and cloud computing facilities.

REvil operates in much the same manner as Maze; the people behind the software make a ransom demand and then wait to hear from the victim. If the ransom is not paid, then some of the data that has been pilfered during the attack is published.

As iTWire has reported, Maze hit the Australian freight forwarding and logistics firm Henning Harders earlier this month.

If a REvil victim is not persuaded by this, then more data is made public. Like Maze, REvil also posts data on underground forums for other miscreants to pick up and use for their own nefarious purposes.

The ransomware is able to exploit a 2018 vulnerability in Windows to elevate privileges, a flaw that Microsoft rates as important.

According to Secureworks, the first instances of REvil were delivered by exploiting vulnerabilities in Oracle WebLogic.

Since then, it has also added functionality to attack through malicious spam campaigns and remote desktop protocol attacks.

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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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