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Wednesday, 05 August 2020 08:41

Xerox data leaked on dark Web after Maze ransomware attack

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The well-known American company Xerox appears to have taken a hit from a gang of cyber criminals who have used the Maze ransomware, that attacks only Windows systems, to steal data from the firm which they have then posted on the dark Web site of the group that owns the ransomware.

Xerox sells print and digital document products and services in more than 160 countries and is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut. In 2017, its annual revenue was US$10.27 billion (A$14.34 billion).

Gangs that stage ransomware attacks on companies exfiltrate data from the victims' website using scripts written in PowerShell, a scripting language created by Microsoft.

They then use this data to put pressure on the victim as it provides them with a double-edged sword: the victim's data is encrypted and not accessible and the threat of data being leaked to world+dog also exists.

After the process of encrypting the victim's files on-site is completed, the ransomware generates a ransom note which shows up on the victim's system, stating the amount of ransom demanded, the deadline for payment and the method of payment, usually through cryptocurrency to a designated wallet.

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A screenshot of the data stolen from Xerox and posted on the dark Web.

The gangs release the data in drips and drabs and if the victim resists, then the entire data dump is leaked on dark Web forums frequented by people who use data from these sites to stage phishing attacks or else steal people's identities. Data that can embarrass people is used is used in extortion attempts.

iTWire has contacted Xerox for comment.


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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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