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Accenture LockBit Ransomware Attack: 5 Things To Know

Accenture says it contained the LockBit ransomware attack, but cybersecurity industry observers say they are seeing some Accenture confidential data being released, with promises of more to come. CRN looks at what is known so far about the attack.

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The Response

Accenture claims to have contained the attack, but that claim is suspect.

Accenture, in an emailed response to a request for information from CRN, confirmed the ransomware attack, but said there was no impact on the company.

“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 fully restored our affected servers from back up. There was no impact on Accenture’s operations, or on our clients’ systems,” Accenture wrote.

However, CNBC’s Javers reported Wednesday afternoon that the hackers published over 2,000 files to the Dark Web, including PowerPoint presentations, case studies, quotes, and so on. It cited cybersecurity firm Q6 Cyber as the source. CRN reached out to Q6 Cyber, but did not receive a response by press time.

VX-Underground, meanwhile, tweeted that the LockBit ransomware group released 2,384 files for a brief time, but those files were inaccessible because of TOR domain outages probably due to the high traffic. The organization said there is more to come as the LockBit attack clock was restarted with a new date of Aug. 12, 2021, 20:43 UTC, or 4:43 ET Thursday.


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