Australian cyber-attacks continue

Australia’s biggest casino operator Crown Resorts has said that a ransomware group has contacted the company, claiming that they had gained access to some files related to following a data breach at a file transfer service GoAnywhere.

The attempted attack is the latest in series of incidents which have affected Australian companies in recent months, highlighting the severity of the continuing risk that this threat present to operators across the public and private sectors.

“We were recently contacted by a ransomware group who claimed they have illegally obtained a limited number of Crown files,” a spokesperson of the formerly listed firm said in a statement.

“We can confirm no customer data has been compromised and our business operations have not been impacted,” the spokesperson said, adding that the company is investigating the validity of the ransomware group’s claims.

“We are continuing to work with law enforcement and have notified our gaming regulators as part of the ongoing investigation and will provide relevant updates, as necessary.”

Earlier this month, Australian digital payments firm Latitude Group Holdings and intellectual property services provider IPH both reported data breaches.

At least eight major companies have reported cyber-attacks in the last few months alone, the largest being health insurer Medibank and Optus, the local unit of Singapore Telecommunications.

Latitude said personal information, including copies of drivers’ licences and customer records, of around 328,000 customers held by two service providers were stolen.

IPH said it had detected unauthorised access to document management systems, which handle administrative documents, and some client documents and correspondence, at its head office and two member firms.