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Sodinokibi operators demand from Travelex currency exchange $ 6 million

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On New Year's Eve, REvil ransomware operators (also known as Sodinokibi) attacked the computer systems of the exchange provider Travelex, as a result of which the British banks Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland were unable to process the transactions.

Initially, cybercriminals demanded a ransom of $ 3 million in exchange for encrypted customer data, but now the amount has doubled and amounts to $ 6 million. According to Travelex representatives, the security system blocked the data as a “precaution” immediately after the virus was detected, and the client’s data didn’t were compromised.

“At present, we are blocking the virus and are working to restore our systems to resume normal operation as soon as possible. The Travelex network continues to provide manual currency exchange services, ”Travelex said.

As the BBC reported, citing criminals, the attackers downloaded 5 GB of data about the exchange’s customers and plan to sell them in six days if the exchange does not pay the ransom.

Travelex has partnered with the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) and the London metropolitan police to conduct a criminal investigation into the incident.

 

 

Source: https://www.securitylab.ru/news/503937.php

 

 

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