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Police issue security warning after Queensland business hacked

Police are issuing a strong warning to businesses following a serious hacking and ransom attack on an international company based in Brisbane in recent months.

Earlier this year, the organisation’s computer system was hacked and data pertaining to sensitive operations involving the company and their business was stolen. The hackers demanded a ransom be paid in Bitcoin (equating to thousands of dollars). The company complied.

Following this a further extortion demand for a larger amount was made of the business. The business refused and contacted police. Hackers then profiled a senior member of the organisation, identified their family and threatened to discredit members of his family through online attacks particularly targeting a child.

“This is a very serious attack on an organisation and quite traumatic for the business, the victim and his family,” Acting Assistant Commissioner, State Crime Command Brian Hay said.

“We are strongly urging business to ensure their computer systems are secure and protected from hackers, that they adopt a policy of not paying ransom demands and carefully consider the information posted on social media.

“Organisations need to think about putting in place a strategy to counteract or respond to these type of incidents. But the one message that I cannot stress enough is to never comply with extortion demands and report these matters to us immediately,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Hay said.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.

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