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Ransomware Strikes HCL Technologies; Company Undertakes Thorough Investigation



Ransomware Strikes HCL Technologies; Company Undertakes Thorough Investigation

NOIDA: HCL Technologies, a major Indian IT conglomerate, disclosed a ransomware attack affecting one of its projects in an isolated cloud environment. The company promptly launched an investigation and assured stakeholders that its broader network remains secure.

“We are aware of a ransomware incident in an isolated cloud environment associated with one project,” stated Manish Anand, HCLTech secretary, in a filing to the National Stock Exchange of India. “There has been no observed impact on the overall HCLTech network. Cybersecurity and data protection remain our top priorities.”

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HCLTech, with over 225,000 employees across 52 countries and $13 billion in fiscal 2023 revenue, joins a growing list of Indian corporations targeted by cyberattacks in 2023. Sun Pharmaceuticals faced a data breach in March, while Tata Power experienced a cyberattack impacting its power business in October 2022.

Ransomware: A Rising Threat Across Industries

Ransomware, malicious software that encrypts files and demands ransom for decryption, continues to pose a significant threat to organizations worldwide. India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) reported a 53% increase in ransomware attacks against Indian institutions in 2022.

Organizations are urged to remain vigilant and adopt robust cybersecurity measures, including regular backups, software updates, strong security software, and cautious online behavior.

Beyond HCLTech: Wolverine Game Leak Adds to Cyber Concerns

In another concerning development, footage of Insomniac Games’ highly anticipated Wolverine title surfaced online following a data breach. The Ryhsida ransomware group claimed responsibility, disclosing 1.67 terabytes of data stolen on December 12th.

The leaked information includes intricate details about Wolverine’s level design and character assets, along with confidential internal presentations outlining future projects from Insomniac and Sony. These leaks include plans for an X-Men game trilogy, a future Spider-Man title, and entries in the Venom and Ratchet & Clank franchises.

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The Wolverine leak, alongside the HCLTech incident, underscores the critical need for enhanced cybersecurity practices across industries to protect sensitive data and ensure operational continuity.

The ransomware attack on HCL Technologies serves as a wake-up call for Indian companies across various sectors. It underscores the pervasive threat of cyberattacks and emphasizes the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures. This incident prompts firms to reassess their defenses, particularly regarding cloud setups and project-specific networks, to prevent similar breaches. Additionally, it highlights the importance of maintaining market confidence and regulatory compliance, potentially leading to increased collaboration among companies to enhance collective cybersecurity preparedness. Ultimately, it stresses the critical imperative for significant investments in cybersecurity to combat evolving cyber threats in the digital era.

Resources To Fight Ransomware

India’s CERT-In report on ransomware attacks:

Tips for preventing ransomware attacks:


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