Toshiba Tech France says it has been hacked by DarkSide

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A Toshiba division said in a statement on Friday that its European business has been affected by a cyberattack.

A Toshiba Tec spokesperson told CNBC that he was the victim of a ransomware attack on the night of May 4. They said the attack appears to have been carried out by the cyber crime group DarkSide, which is the same group that the US FBI blamed for the Colonial. Attack on the oil pipeline.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that is designed to block access to a computer system in which victims pay hackers a sum of money.

The Toshiba unit, which sells self-checkout technology and point-of-sale systems to retailers, told CNBC it has not paid a ransom.

“They needed money, but we did not contact them and we did not pay money,” said a spokesperson.

Toshiba Tec said that a “minimal” amount of work data was stolen in a ransomware attack. So far no data leaks have been detected and protection measures were put in place after the cyberattack, the company said.

Ireland Health Service

Elsewhere, on Friday, Ireland’s health service shut down its computer systems after being attacked with a ransomware attack.

The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) said there was a “significant ransomware attack” on its IT systems, without commenting on further details.

“We have taken the precaution of shutting down all (of) our IT systems to protect them from this attack and allow us to fully (assess) the situation with our own security partners,” the HSE said in a tweet on Friday.

“We apologize for the inconvenience caused to patients and the public and will provide more information as it becomes available,” he added.

Colonia Oil Pipeline

The attack on the Colonial Pipeline, which is the largest pipeline system for refined petroleum products in the U.S., forced it to close approximately 5,500 miles of pipeline, causing a disruption of nearly half of the company’s fuel supply. east coast and caused a gasoline shortage in the Southeast.

Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom of nearly $ 5 million to Darkside. The ransom payment was first reported by Bloomberg on Thursday.

Earlier Monday, the DarkSide group described its actions as “apolitical” in a statement provided to CNBC by Cybereason.

“We are apolitical, we do not participate in geopolitics, we do not need to bind ourselves to a defined government and seek our motives,” the group wrote.

“Our goal is to make money, and not create problems for society. Starting today, we introduce moderation and review each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future, “the statement added.

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