UK Salvation Army to negotiate with ransomware attackers

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London based Salvation Army that is into philanthropic activities has been reportedly hit by a ransomware attack last month. And news is out that the officials of the charitable trust are left with no option rather than to negotiate with the ransomware spreading hackers and pay them a demanded sum to in exchange to the decryption key.

In what is known to our Cybersecurity Insiders, the data center of the Charitable Trust notices some unusual digital activity on their servers last month. And tried to mitigate the risks with the available resources.

Salvation Army Charity also informed the file encrypting malware attack to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and had a word with its partners and staff about the digital attack.

As per the Prima facie, no data related to the charity was accessed or ex-filtrated to the ransomware gang servers. However, as a precautionary measure the Christian Trust has asked its staff members and volunteers to keep a vigil on their bank account transactions for the next few months and report any suspicious activity.

Note 1-Founded in 1865, The Salvation Army (TSA) brought salvation in poor, destitute and the needful. It has its presence in over 132 countries and runs charity shops, offers shelter for homeless and conceptualizes humanitarian aid to those in developing countries- all as per the Christian Principles.

Note 2-The ransomware variant that hit the servers of the salvation army is yet to be disclosed to the public. But it appears as a work of a notorious international gang that indulges in double extortion tactics.

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