Exclusive!! One of the Worlds biggest IT Consulting firm Accenture reportedly hacked by the notorious Lockbit 2.0 Ransomware.
Accenture operating with more than 500k employees around the globe with a valuation of $44.3 billion and is the largest firm handling a wide range of development in various sectors such as banks, government, technology, energy, telecoms, and more.
LockBit is a cybercriminal gang roaming in the dark web that operates using a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) model—similar t REvil. The team behind the LockBit offers its ransomware platform for other entities or individuals to use based on an affiliate model and share the revenue collected from the victims.
Threat actors from the Lockbit Ransomware gang gain Accenture databases of over 6TB and demanding $50M in ransom.
Cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock also reported that Accenture has 2,500 compromised computers of employees and partners, this information was certainly used by threat actors.
Researchers from Cyble mentioned in their report that the attacker gained internal system access through an “Insider”, a person who is already a part of the organization and working against the same organization for financial gain.
Actors threaten that the database will be leaked for the failed payment, also they have set a count down for the leak.
These data are allegedly stolen from Accenture at a recent cyber attack, and the actors are scheduled to leak the stolen data later today.
Insider Threat Helps
Threat actors alleged that the attack was initiated with the help of an insider threat who is still working in Accenture.
Also, the actors have mentioned on their site on the DarkWeb that “These people are beyond the security and privacy. I really hope that the services are better than what I saw as an insider. If you’re interested in buying some databases us, “All THE AVAILABLE DATA WILL BE PUBLISHED””
Threat actors are not released any of the sample data from the stolen database so far, but they claimes that they will sell the data if anyone is interested.
Risks of an insider threat, especially as technology becomes smarter and It can not only keep track of every employee who has access to the database, but it can also monitor each one automatically so that you can be alerted of potential dangers in real-time.
Accenture confirmed this attack and responded that they are not ready to pay the ransom and affected systems had been recovered from a backup.
“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 systems from back-up. There was no impact on Accenture’s operations, or on our clients’ systems,” Accenture said.
Accenture said that the ransomware attack and already reached its vendor and also preparing to notify more customers.
It’s not yet disclosed that when the attack took place when it was detected and alerted, the technical issue for this exploitation.
GBHackers are continuously following up on this incident, and reached out to Accenture. we will update you further in detail once we obtained the further technical details.