Ransomware hits Infosys, Ace Hardware and Henry Schein


    1.) A recent cyber attack targeted Infosys subsidiary, Infosys McCamish Systems, which was initially detected last week but only officially acknowledged this Tuesday. According to sources within our Cybersecurity Insiders, this incident appears to involve a ransomware variant, with further details to be disclosed following a comprehensive investigation.

    Infosys McCamish Systems, an advocate for robust data protection and security, is actively implementing measures to mitigate the risks stemming from this incident. Speculation has arisen on platforms like Reddit, with some tech enthusiasts humorously suggesting that the attack may be in response to a statement by Infosys CEO Narayana Murthy, who advocated that India’s younger generation, particularly those in the IT and software sector, should work 70 hours a week to demonstrate their dedication and competitiveness.

    2.) Second is the news related to Ace hardware that supplies computing goods to over 5700 retailers across United States, China, Panama and UAE. Currently, the business is experiencing disruption for key operations such as ACENET-Warehouse inventory management systems, Retailer Mobile Assistant, Hot sheets, invoices, Ace Rewards and to Phone lines. The timeline for recovery of the 196 affected servers within the company remains uncertain. Nevertheless, the IT team is working diligently to maintain business continuity and has enlisted the support of security experts to navigate this challenging situation.

    The incident is suspected to be orchestrated by the Russia-based Evil Corp group, and investigators are in the process of collecting evidence to substantiate these ongoing suspicions.

    3.) In a separate incident, the healthcare company Henry Schein fell victim to the BlackCat ransomware, also known as ALPHV, on October 15th. This attack resulted in the theft of a substantial amount of data, including employee payroll information and shareholder details. The threat actors behind the attack are now employing double extortion tactics to pressurize the company.

    Henry Schein has responded by isolating the compromised systems and engaging forensic experts to minimize losses resulting from the data breach. A company insider revealed that they successfully recovered 35 terabytes of stolen data from their backup database and are planning to involve law enforcement authorities in addressing the data security threat.

    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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