IT services giant Cognizant hit by Maze Ransomware

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, one of the world's largest IT services companies, said it has been the target of a ransomware attack that has affected its clients. The organisation, which has approximately 300,000 employees, has said it has been struck by the ransomware group "Maze" and is engaging law enforcement.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 19, 2020 12:51 IST

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Maze Ransomware

In recent months, the unidentified hackers behind Maze have made headlines for publicly keeping their victims hostage by threatening to leak client information until the aim pays the ransom.

Cognizant can confirm that a security incident affecting our internal networks, and causing service disruption for some of our clients, is the result of a Maze ransomware attack, "the company said in a statement." Our internal security teams, supported by leading cyber defense firms, are actively taking measures to contain this incident.

The group may simply be A / B exploring alternative negotiation methods to see whether allowing businesses to monitor the release of information, at least during the early stages, leads to better outcomes, "Callow said in an email." At this point in time, groups are definitely not finding it so easy to extort money from companies as many are financially struggling because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to numerous media accounts, Maze's suspected goals included the Florida city of Pensacola, cybersecurity insurance firm Chubb Ltd., and Canadian construction company Bird Construction Inc. The Maze company has agreed to post files on its website from all three companies.

In January, CyberScoop confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation released an alert notice to U.S. businesses about the Maze tactic of refusing to reveal client information, citing an advisory it received.

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