Hackers demand $4.5 million to remove ransomware effecting Equinix’s data center


Exploit: Skimming
Equinix: Data Center Operator


Risk to Small Business: 2.816 = Severe Netwalker ransomware made itself at home at data center giant Equinix, and the cybercriminals gang responsible is asking for $4.5 million to move out. The attack occurred over the US Labor Day holiday weekend and appears to impact Equinix’s Australian clients most heavily. An accompanying screenshot showing a sample of the encrypted/stolen data includes folders of financial information, payroll, accounting, audits, and data center reports.


Individual Risk: No individual information was reported as compromised, but that could be a future consequence as events unfold..

Customers Impacted: Unknown
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Once again, a professional services provider fails to protect customer information by failing to resist a phishing attack – and this time they’re in the information business. That could put future clients off.

Risk Levels:
1 - 1.5 = Extreme Risk
1.51 - 2.49 = Severe Risk
2.5 - 3 = Moderate Risk

*The risk score is calculated using a formula that considers a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.

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