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Germany – Brenntag

Exploit: Ransomware

Brenntag: Chemical Distributor

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Risk to Business: 1.572 = Severe

Brenntag suffered a ransomware attack that targeted their North America division. As part of this attack, the DarkSide ransomware gang encrypted devices on the network and stole unencrypted files. This is the same gang that starred in last week’s Colonial Pipeline incident. On their leak site, DarkSide claimed to have stolen 150GB of data during their attack. Reports say that Brenntag paid the threat actors more than $5 million for the decryption key.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as compromised in this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware is the weapon of choice for top cybercrime gangs because they know that they’ll find a few companies who are more than willing to pony up cash rather than undertake an expensive recovery or risk having proprietary data exposed.