HTC Global Services confirms cyberattack after data leaked online

HTC Global Services confirms cyberattack after data leaked online

December 5, 2023 at 06:59PM

HTC Global Services confirmed a cyberattack after the ALPHV ransomware gang started leaking stolen data. The IT services provider, servicing multiple industries, acknowledged the breach on social media and is working with experts to resolve the issue. The alleged stolen data includes personal and confidential information. Cybersecurity expert Kevin Beaumont suspects the Citrix Bleed vulnerability was exploited. ALPHV, linked to past high-profile attacks, continues targeting vital sectors, with recent victims including a utility provider and a hospital network.

Meeting Takeaways:

1. HTC Global Services, an IT service provider to multiple industries, has been hit by a cyberattack by the ALPHV (BlackCat) ransomware gang.

2. Screenshots of allegedly stolen data, including passports, contact lists, emails, and confidential documents, have appeared on the ALPHV data leak site.

3. HTC confirmed the attack via a tweet but has not published a formal statement on their company website.

4. The company is actively investigating the incident and has engaged cybersecurity experts to help resolve the issue and maintain the integrity of user data.

5. Cybersecurity expert Kevin Beaumont suspects that the breach was carried out by exploiting the Citrix Bleed vulnerability, specifically a Citrix Netscaler device operated by HTC’s business unit CareTech.

6. HTC Global Services was contacted for further information by BleepingComputer, but a response has not been forthcoming.

7. ALPHV, associated with previous ransomware operations DarkSide and BlackMatter, has been responsible for a surge in attacks and is known for refining their tactics and involving English-speaking affiliates.

8. An ALPHV affiliate was responsible for a recent attack on MGM Resorts, and other attacks by the ransomware group have targeted critical infrastructure in the US, which may lead to increased law enforcement scrutiny.

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