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Exclusive: Panasonic Australia confirms cyber incident following Akira ransomware claim

The Akira ransomware gang has said it hacked the Australian arm of the consumer tech firm, but Panasonic says no data has been stolen.

user icon David Hollingworth
Fri, 07 Jun 2024
Exclusive: Panasonic Australia confirms cyber incident following Akira ransomware claim
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The Akira ransomware gang listed camera and consumer tech giant Panasonic Australia on its darknet leak site overnight, and while the company has confirmed the incident, it has said that no business or customer has been compromised.

“Panasonic Australia recently experienced a security incident on our network, and we took immediate action to secure our systems and initiate a thorough investigation by forensic IT specialists. We are satisfied that the Panasonic network is secure, and our day-to-day operations are continuing as per normal,” a Panasonic spokesperson told Cyber Daily.

“We are aware of an unauthorised third party who has claimed to have accessed our network. We are promptly investigating this claim, but at this stage of our investigation, there is no evidence to suggest that any business or personal information has been accessed by the unauthorised third party. We have also been conducting continuous 24-hour monitoring on our network and can confirm that no further threats have been detected.

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“Panasonic Australia apologises for any concern caused and will continue to keep our staff and partners updated in a timely and transparent manner.”

Akira took a swipe at the company in its darknet post and claimed to have data.

“The reliability and reputation of Panasonic products has ensured that they are part of the everyday lives of many,” Akira said, initially imitating the company’s own copy.

“Their cyber security was not very reliable so we are going to share with you the files we took from them. Information about projects and confidential agreements, as well as many of her data from this company with a sound name will soon be available for downloading.”

Akira does not share evidence of its hacks, ransom demand, and deadlines. Cyber Daily will continue to monitor the site.

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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