Hackers are holding foreign exchange company Travelex to ransom after a cyber-attack forced the firm to turn off all computer systems and resort to using pen and paper
On New Year’s Eve, hackers launched their attack on the Travelex network. As a result, the company took down its websites across 30 countries to contain “the virus and protect data”.
A ransomware gang called Sodinokibi has told the BBC it is behind the hack and wants Travelex to pay $6m (£4.6m). The gang, also known as REvil, claims to have gained access to the company’s computer network six months ago and to have downloaded 5GB of sensitive customer data. Dates of birth, credit card information and national insurance numbers are all in their possession, they say.
The hackers said: “In the case of payment, we will delete and will not use that [data]base and restore them the entire network.
“The deadline for doubling the payment is two days. Then another seven days and the sale of the entire base.”
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