Ransomware Attack on Manitoulin Transport


Manitoulin Transport, Canada’s leading logistics and transport services provider, was hit by a data-stealing malware attack on July 30th,2020. And the transport company’s IT staff became aware of the incident the next day. 


Although the ransomware spreaders demanded a ransom, the company decided not to pay any attention to the hackers. And this might have miffed the ransomware group to such an extent that they released the stolen data onto the web on September 11th,2020.


“We did not believe that they had our information and were serious with their claims”, said Jeff King, the President of the said trucking company from Canada.


However, no customer data or any mission-critical information was leaked in the incident added Mr. Jeff.


King also said that the company will take all measures to up their defense infrastructure against the on-going cyber-attacks and said that the current cyber incident will be investigated by a third party.


NOTE 1- Manitoulin transport has its business presence felt across North America covering 250 service centers and 60 Canadian terminals. The company provides a dedicated 24/7 online shipping assistance and has the potential to serve even the most remote areas of the two countries.


NOTE 2- Conti Ransomware group is said to have targeted Manitoulin Transport and the same hacking group was also seen targeting Beler Holdings and Axxess International.


NOTE 3- Nowadays, hackers spreading ransomware are first seen stealing data from the database and then encrypting it until a ransom is paid. Maze, REvil aka Sodinokibi, and DopplePaymer were the ransomware spreading gangs active to date on the web. Conti Ransomware seems to be the latest addition to the list.

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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