Hackers claim to hold European energy giant EDP to ransom

Researchers are reporting that cyber attackers have stolen sensitive files belonging to Energias de Portugal (EDP) using the Ragnar Locker ransomware.

In a new web post, hackers claim that they have downloaded more than 10TB of private information. They threaten to release this information if EDP doesn’t pay a ransom of €10 million.

Screenshots of the data stolen, that are included in the post, indicate that the attackers already have access to a large amount of data. In a ransom note, the attackers claim to have access to confidential information on billing, contracts, transactions and more.

In a statement published by Current+, EDP confirmed that it was hit by a cyber attack on April 16th and continues to develop its response.

Ragnar Locker is a ransomware that can attack Windows-based systems. Attackers first began using the ransomware in a series of attacks against compromised networks in December of last year.

Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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