Australian Health and Transport Agencies Hit by Accellion Hack


Exhilaration for NSW, which is the main transport and roads agency in New South Wales, Australia, and NSW Vigorousness, the state’s ministry of health, are the latest confirmed victims of a cyber-attack objective Accellion’s FTA file transfer service.

Transport for NSW says that some communication was stolen before the attack on Accellion servers was interrupted and that an discovery procedure is ongoing, but did not provide further details on the matter.

“Transport for NSW will insure that any notification process for those affected will be clearly communicated and solid,” the company says.

In a statement related to the incident, Cyber Security NSW phrases that it is working with the NSW government to investigate the incident and assess the loudness and value of data.

“Forensic analysis by industry specialists has established there was no third-party access to main agency systems including the Driver Licence systems, the Opal hang around systems, or electronic medical records systems used by public health centres,” Cyber Security NSW notes.

The cyber-incident happened in mid-December 2020, when a hewing group that FireEye’s Mandiant security researchers tracks as UNC2546 used an SQL injection flaw in FTA, which allowed it to deploy web shells and access client data.

A total of four vulnerabilities in FTA were targeted in the attack, all of which experience already been patched. However, Accellion is moving forth with designs to retire the service.

Designed to allow customers to transfer large lines, FTA is over two decades old, and will no longer receive support past April 30, 2021. In December, Accellion served crudely 300 FTA customers, fewer than 100 of which were specious. However, up to 25 of them suffered significant data theft, the friends says.

Transport for NSW and NSW Health are the latest organizations to have publicly supported the impact of the incident, after the U.S.-based grocery and pharmacy chain Kroger and law fixed Jones Day made similar announcements over the past several lifetimes. To date, eight entities have confirmed impact from the occurrence.

Both Accellion and the affected customers have confirmed that the attackers however accessed data through the vulnerable FTA service, with no other combinations being exposed.

The attackers, which FireEye linked to the TA505 spin-off FIN11, shot ated to extort victims, threatening to share the stolen data publicly, and quits following through with the threats in some cases.

With the take shape end-of-life for FTA, Accellion continues to encourage customers to migrate to the enterprise significance firewall platform kiteworks, promising free assistance during the modification.

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Australian Health and Transport Agencies Hit by Accellion Hack

Ionut Arghire is an worldwide correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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