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Yellow Pages confirms cyber attack from Black Basta criminal group

Yellow Pages Canada has confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that has seen both customer and staff data leaked.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2023
Yellow Pages confirms cyber attack from Black Basta criminal group
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News of the attack first arose when the ransomware group Black Basta claimed to have stolen data from the Canadian directory customer and published data online over the weekend.

Now, in an email seen by a number of publications, Yellow Pages has confirmed the attack.

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“As soon as we became aware of the attack, we immediately commenced a thorough investigation into this issue with the assistance of external cyber security experts to contain the incident and ensure that we had secured our systems,” said the company’s senior vice-president and chief financial officer, Franco Sciannamblo.

“Based on our investigation to date, we have reason to believe that the unauthorised third party stole certain personal information from servers containing YP employee data and limited data relating to our business customers.

“We have been notifying impacted individuals and reporting to all appropriate privacy regulatory authorities regarding this incident.”

Yellow Pages has said that it has made efforts to patch the vulnerability that Black Basta used to breach its systems and has also added additional security measures.

However, the company is yet to confirm what information or how many customers and staff were affected by the incident.

Cyber Security Connect has reached out to Yellow Pages Canada for comment on the incident.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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