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Australian logistics and transport firm Toll Group says that a ransomware group that attacked the company recently has accessed files on a corporate server that included employees' information such as names, residential addresses, age or date of birth and payroll information.

In its first update about the attack in eight days, Toll said the affected personnel were past and present employees from countries where it operates, including Australia and New Zealand.

Toll was hit by Windows ransomware known as Nefilim and the incident was made public on 5 May.

This is the second time Toll has been attacked this year, with the first being in February.

Thursday's Toll statement said: "The incident does not affect all Toll employees and, based on current findings, casual staff are not impacted.

"There is no evidence at this stage that the information in question has been taken.

"As a precaution, we have written to impacted employees (past and current) to provide them with information on how they can protect themselves.

"As part of this, we have engaged the services of a leading provider of identity and cyber security solutions to ensure that impacted people are provided with the appropriate support and data protection measures.

"Toll condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of the cyber criminals, and we apologise to our people for the concern and inconvenience this situation may be causing them."


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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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