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Hackers demand $6 mln ransom from Travelex

Jan 08 2020
By
Jonathan Smith

Hackers, who forced Travelex to take down its global websites on January 1st, by infecting its systems with the Sodinokibi ransomware on New Year’s Eve, are now demanding 6 million USD, threatening that if not paid the company computer systems will be deleted and customer data sold online, BBC reports. 

 

Previously the demanded ransom was set at 3 million USD.

 

The cyber attack has shutdown a number of online currency exchange services offered by Virgin Money, Tesco Bank, First Direct and Sainsbury’s Bank as well, all of which powered by Travelex - the world's largest foreign exchange bureau, specialized in international payments.

 

Hackers are threatening to release more than 5GB of clients' personal data, including social security numbers, dates of birth and payment card information into the public domain.

 

Meanwhile the shares of the Travelex’s parent company - Finablr, a global payments firm listed on the London stock exchange, plunged by 16% to a record low. 

 

Travelex has a presence in more than 70 countries with some 1200 branches and 1000 ATMs. It processes more than 5000 currency transactions per hour. 

 

In the aftermath of the attack Travelex staff have switched to pen, paper and ink stamps to issue receipts confirming cash currency transactions for customers.

TAGS: Travelex  hacker attack  Sodinokibi ransomware  UK 
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