- Aug 17, 2014
Read more: Cybercriminals Steal Nearly 1TB of Data from Miami-Based International Tech FirmHackers have stolen nearly a terabyte of data from a Miami-based tech firm, leaking a number of the pilfered files (including full credit-card information, scans of sensitive documents such as passports, bank statements and financial documents, and even customer databases) on a Russian hacker forum.
An investigation uncovered leaked data belonging to Intcomex, a very large value-added reseller (VAR) which provides technology products and services targeting Latin America and the Caribbean. The leaks occurred on Sept. 14 and Sept. 20, when hackers dumped it in two parts on the forum.
“So far, the first release was a collection called ‘Internal Audit’ with a size of 16.6GB, while the second release is titled ‘Finance_ER,’ totaling 18GB,” according to a report on the CyberNews website. “Based on folder names, the most recent data comes from July 2020.”
The data appears to have been stolen as the result of a ransomware attack. Hackers promised to leak “the more interesting data”— which — at a later time, according to the report. A Russian-language note left along with the leaked data alludes to the hackers waiting to see if the company will pay up before releasing the rest of the data, which likely will be more full credit-card information, a treasure trove for hackers, according to the report.
CyberNews said it contacted Intcomex on Sept. 21 about the leak, which confirmed that the database researchers saw on the forum is indeed theirs.
Intcomex said it took “decisive steps to address the situation and protect our systems” upon learning about the leak and is working with third-party cybersecurity experts in the investigation of what happened, according to a media statement. The company also notified law enforcement and is in the process of letting “affected parties” know about the leak “as appropriate,” the company said.