Malicious attackers claim to have stolen more than 200GB of data from Brookfield Asset Management, a 121-year-old firm which is headquartered in Toronto, with corporate offices in New York City, London, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.
The ransomware used to effect the theft is a relatively new one known as DarkSide and, as usual, only attacks Windows systems.
Some data stolen from the company has been posted on the group’s website on the dark web.
According to Wikipedia, Brookfield earned revenue of US$56 billion (A$75.9 billion) in 2018, and is said to have 80,000 employees.
The company has been contacted for comment. Brookfield has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the Asia-Pacific.
The attackers claim to have stolen Brookfield data relating to corporate HR, finance, payroll, administration, business plans and commercial matters.
They claim the data is pre-loaded and ready to be published if Brookfield does not pay the ransom that has been demanded. Exactly how much is being sought has not been specified.
The website Bleeping Computer said in a report on 21 August that gangs using DarkSide were asking for ransoms ranging from US$200,000 to US$2 million.
The criminals have also said that after publication, the data will be available on the dark web for at least six months.
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