The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has been hit by a ransomware attack, according to a report by @FalconFeedsio. The attack, which was carried out by the Rhysida ransomware group, resulted in the publication of 739GB of data belonging to KEBS.
KEBS Ransomware Attack
The data includes sensitive information such as employee records, financial data, and product testing data. The publication of this data could have a number of negative consequences for KEBS. This includes damage to reputation, financial losses, and increased risk of further attacks.
According to Sentinelone, Rhysida is deployed in multiple ways. Primary methods include deployment via Cobalt Strike or a similar framework, and through phishing campaigns. The group threatens victims with public distribution of the exfiltrated data, bringing them in line with modern-day multi-extortion groups.
KEBS has not yet commented on the attack.
This attack is a reminder of the growing threat of ransomware attacks. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s data and demands a ransom payment in order to decrypt it. Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly better, and they can have a devastating impact on businesses.
Protecting Your Business from Ransomware Attacks
There are a number of steps that businesses can take to protect themselves from ransomware attacks. These include:
- Implementing a comprehensive cybersecurity program that includes regular security assessments, employee training, and the use of security tools.
- Back up data regularly and store it in a secure location.
- Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
- Be aware of the latest cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities.
By taking these steps, businesses can help to protect themselves from ransomware attacks. This will alsi mitigate the damage caused by any future breaches. We’ll update this article once we receive word from the bureau regarding the breach.