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GDPR - February 3, 2020

#Privacy: French industrial giant falls victim to ransomware 

Threat actors behind the Maze ransomware are reportedly demanding a ransom of 10 million euros from Bouygues Construction. 

In a statement published Friday, Bouygues Construction, a subsidiary of Bouygues, announced that a ransomware-type virus was detected on its computer network. 

According to Zataz, traces of ransomware had been found on servers located in Canada before spreading to the company’s global servers. Subsequently, all information systems have been shut down to “to prevent any propagation”. 

Threat actors have stolen 200 GB of data and are demanding a ransom of 10 million euros. Additionally, they are threatening to publish the entire content of the servers if the company does not pay. 

Brett Callow, threat analysis for Emsisoft explained to Infosecurity: “The more data they publish and the more sensitive that data is, the less incentive an organization has to pay to prevent the remaining data being published.

“It’s the equivalent of a kidnapper sending a pinky finger. If the organisation still doesn’t pay, the remaining data is published, sometimes on a staggered basis.”

Many new ransomware families are adopting this new tactic of publishing stolen data from ransomware victims, such as Nemty, Sodinokibi, and BitPyLock

In the statement, Bouygues Construction wrote that installations are currently being put back in service, and that “operational activity on our construction sites has not been disrupted to date.”

“All our personnel are working flat out to ensure that our operations continue as smoothly as possible under these conditions, so that impact on our customers and partners is minimised. We are in close contact with them and with the relevant authorities.”Just last week, Toronto-based company Bird Construction was struck by Maze, to which the ransomware stole 60GB of data.

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