Accenture hit by possible ransomware attack

Consulting firm Accenture has reportedly been targeted by LockBit ransomware but says normal operations were not affected.

In a statement on Wednesday, the firm said: “Through our security controls and protocols, we identified irregular activity in one of our environments. We immediately contained the matter and isolated the affected servers.

“We full restored our affected systems from backup and there was no impact on Accenture’s operations, or on our clients’ systems.”

A number of unverified sources on social media suggest that the attack by the Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate involved a US$50m demand for six terabytes of stolen data, while cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock claims that the incident compromised around 2,500 computers of employees and partners.

LockBit is believed to have targeted thousands of organisations - mainly from the commercial, professional and transportation sectors - since it was first detected in September 2019.

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