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New Windows ransomware DarkSide used to hit Canadian real estate firm

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New Windows ransomware DarkSide used to hit Canadian real estate firm Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Malicious attackers claim to have stolen more than 200GB of data from Brookfield Asset Management, a 121-year-old firm which is headquartered in Toronto, with corporate offices in New York City, London, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.

However, iTWire understands that the attack was on Brookfield Residential, an investee site of the company.

Brookfield residential, which is based in Calgary, has assets of C$5.7 billion as per its second quarter report.

The ransomware used to effect the theft is a relatively new one known as DarkSide and, as usual, only attacks Windows systems.

Some data, allegedly stolen from the company, has been posted on the group's website on the dark web.

iTWire understands that Brookfield Residential has alerted the appropriate authorities, restored affected systems taken additional steps to boost security.

The attackers claim to have stolen Brookfield data relating to corporate HR, finance, payroll, administration, business plans and commercial matters.

They claim the data is pre-loaded and ready to be published if Brookfield does not pay the ransom that has been demanded. Exactly how much is being sought has not been specified.

The website Bleeping Computer said in a report on 21 August that gangs using DarkSide were asking for ransoms ranging from US$200,000 to US$2 million.

The criminals have also said that after publication, the data will be available on the dark web for at least six months.


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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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