28 May, 2023
Rio Tinto memo says staff data might have been hacked


Spread the love

Personal data of Rio Tinto Ltd’s former and current Australian employees might have been stolen by a cybercriminal group, a staff memo seen by Reuters says.

Payroll information, such as pay slips and overpayment letters, of a small number of employees from January 2023 had possibly been seized by the group, the memo showed.

“Investigations now indicate a possibility that Rio Tinto data may be impacted,” it said.

The cybercriminal group threatened to release the data onto the dark web while investigations into the incident are ongoing, the Anglo-Australian mining giant said.

“To date, none of the records described above have been released and we still do not know if the cybercriminal group holds these records or not.”

The stolen data relates to an attack on GoAnywhere — a managed file transfer (MFT) software offered by United States cybersecurity firm Fortra.

A host of global firms and government institutions have reported cybersecurity incidents linked to GoAnywhere MFT in the past few weeks.

Hitachi Energy, a unit of Japanese conglomerate Hitachi, said last week a ransomware attack by the “CL0P” group on GoAnywhere could have resulted in unauthorised access to employee data in some countries.

Last month, Community Health Systems in a US exchange filing confirmed the personal and medical information of about a million individuals might have been impacted due to a security breach experienced by Fortra.

Fortra did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
File-sharing software has historically been a target for cybercriminals.

Back in 2021, vulnerabilities in the servers of California-based Accellion were exploited by the CL0P group, leading to data breaches in Morgan Stanley, Kroger Co, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and other high-profile institutions.

Rio Tinto has not said who is responsible for the latest cyber-attacks.
Rio’s shares in London were down 1.6 per cent at 1013 GMT.

The post Rio Tinto memo says staff data might have been hacked appeared first on The New Daily.