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Insurance Giant Chubb Might Be Ransomware Victim

A ransomware operator claims to have successfully attacked Chubb Insurance databases.

Maze, a ransomware operator that typically steals information from a victim and threatens to release sensitive data, says it has successfully attacked Chubb Insurance, a company with a major presence in the cyber insurance industry.

According to a newsletter released by Maze, it has taken personally identifiable information from the insurance giant and will release information on executives and others if a ransom is not paid. (The ransom amount has not be disclosed.) Chubb has stated it is investigating a potential breach at a third-party provider; it says it has no evidence that one of its own networks was breached.

Researchers have noted that Chubb does have vulnerable components in its network infrastructure, though, again, there is no evidence that any of those devices were a point of entry.

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About the Author(s)

Curtis Franklin, Principal Analyst, Omdia

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Principal Analyst at Omdia, focusing on enterprise security management. Previously, he was senior editor of Dark Reading, editor of Light Reading's Security Now, and executive editor, technology, at InformationWeek, where he was also executive producer of InformationWeek's online radio and podcast episodes

Curtis has been writing about technologies and products in computing and networking since the early 1980s. He has been on staff and contributed to technology-industry publications including BYTE, ComputerWorld, CEO, Enterprise Efficiency, ChannelWeb, Network Computing, InfoWorld, PCWorld, Dark Reading, and ITWorld.com on subjects ranging from mobile enterprise computing to enterprise security and wireless networking.

Curtis is the author of thousands of articles, the co-author of five books, and has been a frequent speaker at computer and networking industry conferences across North America and Europe. His most recent books, Cloud Computing: Technologies and Strategies of the Ubiquitous Data Center, and Securing the Cloud: Security Strategies for the Ubiquitous Data Center, with co-author Brian Chee, are published by Taylor and Francis.

When he's not writing, Curtis is a painter, photographer, cook, and multi-instrumentalist musician. He is active in running, amateur radio (KG4GWA), the MakerFX maker space in Orlando, FL, and is a certified Florida Master Naturalist.

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