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UK Forensics Firm Paid Ransom in Cyberattack

Victim firm Eurofins Scientific handles more than 70,000 criminal cases per year in the UK.

UK forensics giant Eurofins Scientific reportedly paid ransom to the attackers behind a "highly sophisticated" ransomware infection that hit the organization last month.

BBC News reported today that Eurofins, which handles computer forensics, DNA testing, toxicology analysis, and firearms testing for UK police departments, paid the ransom in order to regain control of its data that was locked down in the attack.

Just how much ransom was paid was not known as of the BBC posting, but the National Crime Agency (NCA) told the media outlet it's up to victims whether they pay up or not in a ransomware attack.

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7/6/2019 | 7:23:55 PM
Did they follow their own security guidelines
This is ridiculous, there is a thing called "evidence and document handling". I would think an organization of this magnitude follow the same guidelines as most classified government organizations:
  • Isolate the forencis environment from the Internal network
  • The lab environment needs to be isolated from everything (i.e. Internet)

This tells me that the evidence handled by this group needs to be reviewed and certain cases need to be overturned, this is a serious issue.

I am not sure how GDPR will handle this situation but the entire process for processing information for a court case will need to be reviewed.

Todd
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