Companies in Australia are incessantly being targeted by hacker collectives making the country a hotbed for cyber attacks. The latest addition to the victim list is the Australian IT company SMB Solutions which was recently listed by the ransomware gang RansomHouse on its data leak site. The website hosted by the hacker group consists of companies and organizations that refused to make the ransom payment after being breached.
Unlike the regular threat groups who use the same tactic to extort ransom from their victims, RansomHouse doesn’t entirely depend on ransomware to initiate its campaign. Instead, it uses the standard brute force attacks by breaching the open ports and vulnerabilities within a company’s network.
Another thing that was worth noticing is the behavioral aspects of the group wherein they blame the company for having weak security to define their actions. The threat group is believed to have materialized in December 2021 and claimed Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) as the first victim.
SMB Solutions listed on Ransomhouse’s leak site
SMB Solutions provides Cloud services for businesses who want to host their companies in affordable Cloud-environments. It uses SAP Business One and OrchestratedBEER to host clients’ websites and applications on the cloud instead of storing it on the on-site data hardware, making them more resistant to downtime and attacks. It also offers hosting solutions to SMEs in different sectors using Cloud technologies.
Since the launch of the data leak site, RansomHouse has claimed multiple victims, including American multinational semiconductor company AMD. The threat group also targeted three other victims, inc German airline support service provider, and now the latest being the SMB Solutions Cloud Services.
According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), Australia has recently become the most targeted nation by hackers. The research claims that “one out of every 10 minutes, an Australian small business is attacked by a cyber threat”.
The signs and frequency of these attacks don’t seem to stop anytime soon, so Australia needs to amplify its approach towards cyber incidents to provide a better environment for business owners in Oceania, read the ACSC Annual Cyber Threat Report.