Horse Riding details of 10k users leaked by Ransomware group

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An Australian firm that used to organize and host horse riding events in the country has hit the news headlines after hackers released data of 10k users belonging to the firm, after they failed to pay ransom on time.

Details of the small business named Event Secretary were published on an online forum be-longing to Russian hackers and criminals claimed that they have stolen details of users that in-cludes names, email addresses, residential addresses, contact details and bank information of 10,000 Australians.

Honestly speaking, the equestrian company’s servers were breached in September last year due to an API vulnerability and as the victim failed to pay the ransom on time, all the siphoned data was made available online in the first week of this month.

Event Secretary hosts horse riding events for clubs such as The Horse-Riding Clubs Associa-tion of Victoria, Stallion Horse Riding Academy of Qld, and Equestrian Victoria. It also organ-izes qualifies for the Olympic Association and has earned excellent reputation in organizing such events.

All the impacted organizations and riders were informed about the breach last year and were offered a free credit monitoring service for a span of one year.

However, the company wasn’t ready for this data posting surprise and is taking all measures to mitigate cyber risks associated with it.

NOTE- For the past one-year, Australian firms irrespective of their size and financial stability are being targeted by Russian hackers. As the Anthony Albanese led government is supporting Ukraine in its war with Moscow. So, such attacks can be tagged as retaliation activities of hackers funded by Kremlin.

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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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