The NSW Labor Party has been hit by a major cyber attack and police have launched an investigation into the incident.
Security sources speaking on the condition of anonymity but who are familiar with the attack said Russian ransomware Avaddon was behind the breach. Avaddon is a ransomware that was created in mid-2020 in a Russian underground forum.
A ransomware is a form of malware which encrypts the victim’s files whereby the attacker then demands a ransom to restore access to their system.
A NSW Labor spokesman said the matter was of “serious concern”.
“We have referred the matter to police and we are conducting a full investigation,” the spokesman said.
NSW Police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon it had been alerted to a ransomware attack on the party. Sydney City Police Area Command has commenced inquiries.
Research into Avaddon suggests it has been linked to various cyber attacks, having infected and leaked data from at least 23 organisations as of February this year. A research paper from Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain said the ransomware runs distributed denial-of-service attacks against victims that do not pay the ransom.
An Australian Federal Police spokeswoman said the agency was aware of the matter, however it was not investigating.