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SSS Australia falls victim to Hunters International ransomware gang

Hunters International posts nearly 70 gigabytes of data, totalling more than 60,000 individual files, belonging to an Australian healthcare supplier.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024
SSS Australia falls victim to Hunters International ransomware gang
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The Hunters International ransomware gang has claimed another Australian scalp, this time healthcare products supplier SSS Australia.

Hunters International does not offer comment on its hacks, simply sticking purely to the hard numbers when it comes to posting on its darknet leak site.

SSS Australia, however, has confirmed the incident.


“SSS Australia [was] impacted by a cyber attack over the Easter long weekend,” an SSS spokesperson told Cyber Daily. “We are aware of the incident.”

“Although we do not retain personal privacy data for our customers, we have published notifications to our customers and staff, including providing recommendations for action, and further support for staff.”

What Hunters International has posted to its darknet site is 67.1 gigabytes of data, totalling 60,225 discrete files spread between several folders: Data, Scans, TDX Software, Users, and a desktop PC’s Recycle Bin.

Including the leak are customer sales files, invoices for equipment and medicines, and marketing material. The documents relate to customers in general healthcare, aged care, hospitals, and specialist healthcare environments such as prisons.

Much of the material appears to be historical, such as a 2022 record of sales to the Serco-administered mixed-security Clarence Correctional Centre in NSW, while a 2020 document lists influenza vaccination records for SSS sales staff engaged with the aged care industry.

SSS Australia is working with government authorities on the incident and said that no patient data has been impacted.

“We have reported the incident to the OAIC and the ACSC,” the SSS spokesperson said.

“SSS Australia, as a distributor to healthcare providers, [does] not access information pertaining to patients and clients of our customers.”

According to its website, SSS Australia is “Australia’s leading independent distributor of healthcare supplies”.

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth

David Hollingworth has been writing about technology for over 20 years, and has worked for a range of print and online titles in his career. He is enjoying getting to grips with cyber security, especially when it lets him talk about Lego.

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