Clop Ransomware hackers target Law firm Jones Day

Jones Day Law firm that represented the former US President Donald Trump’s 2020 election campaign is back in news for being targeted by hackers spreading Clop Ransomware.

And the highlight is that the network hack took place sometime ago, as those involved in the ransomware spread have posted several gigabytes of email data on the dark web to confirm that they have indeed indulged in the hack.

Clop Ransomware is a kind of file encrypting malware that indulges in double extortion malware campaign where it first steals the data and then pressurizes the victim in paying the ransom. And if the victim refuses to pay the amount, then the threat actors sell the stolen data on the dark web for monetary benefits.

Technically investigation made by the IT staff of Jones Day says that the data breach occurred on its database through vulnerability in the File Sharing Accellion Software used in its IT Infrastructure.

Accellion said that it is still investigating the incident and so will need some more time to confirm on the issue.

Note 1– Clop Ransomware is distributed via fake software, Trojans, phishing emails, cracks and software that is downloaded from untrusted resources. It was first discovered in Feb’19 by Malware Hunters Team and has taken down several business networks, mostly from India and United States.

Note 2- Jones Day is based in Ohio, United States, and acted as an outside council for Trump’s 2016 and 2020 election campaign. It has emerged as a 5th largest law firm and 13th highest grossing law firm across the globe.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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