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More data which was exfiltrated from the Australian freight forwarding and logistics company Henning Harders has been publsihed online, an indication that company has not yielded to the demands of the Maze ransomware group that carried out the attack, security sources tell iTWire.

The ransomware group started publishing Henning Harders data on its website on 23 March.

The process has been stepped up in recent days with files about users, company documents and emails having been published, these sources said.

Like some other ransomware groups, Maze exfiltrates data from websites it attacks before the data is encrypted and a ransom note generated.

Pressure is then put on the victim by publishing a small amount of data online.

If the victim does not pay up, the Maze operators then publish more data. If the cyber criminals conclude that the victim is not going to pay up, then they often post the data on forums which are frequented by professional hackers.

Such information is often used in phishing attacks and also for stealing financial and other details.

Henning Harders avoided a direct answer when asked whether it had restored the machines that had been affected in the attack, saying instead on Friday that it had remained operational uninterrupted throughout the period.

A company spokesperson gave a more direct answer when asked by iTWire whether it was aware that company information was circulating in public, saying, "Yes. The company has previously confirmed as much several weeks ago, including on its website on 9 April."

First indications of the attack were reported on 22 March, with the company saying in a statement that customer data may have been accessed, but there was no evidence to show that it had been misused.

The updated Henning Harders statement says that while an investigation is ongoing, there is no timeframe for its completion.

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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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