There has never been anything like it before: hackers stole documents from a trust company. It contains the most private data of the company’s customers, including companies and private individuals. Small and medium-sized businesses, such as a wine shop, an electronics store and a painter’s shop are also affected. But that’s not all: Now the blackmailers have published customer data on the Darknet. The Darknet is a hidden part of the Internet that can only be accessed with special software.
The trust company, like its customers, is located in Switzerland. As the Swiss newspaper “Le Temps” writes, the published data are tax returns for the past year. In the case of some customers, all tax claims from the municipality, canton and federal government are said to have been made online since 2004. “There you can find payment slips, precise information on bank accounts, current mortgages – also names and addresses as well as AHV numbers.”
The hackers had previously encrypted and stolen customer data. The cyber extortionists usually place the stolen data on the darknet, unless the hacked company does not respond to their ransom demands. In the professional world one speaks of a “ransomeware attack”. The managing director of the trustee concerned reacted with surprise. Some time ago a Trojan horse “completely frozen our system”. His company has only been able to work normally again for two weeks. He cannot confirm that a ransom demand has been received. The fact is: you have not paid such.
Incidents like this are a nightmare for those affected, but unfortunately not an isolated incident. In the course of the corona pandemic, many people switched to the home office. The number of cyber attacks has increased noticeably since then. It is also new that more and more small and medium-sized enterprises are affected by such attacks.