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United Kingdom – Zaha Hadid Architects

Exploit: Ransomware

Zaha Hadid Architects: Architectural design firm

Risk to Small Business: 2.207 = Severe

A ransomware attack forced Zaha Hadid Architects to bring its network offline, disrupting its remote operations as its distributed teams work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the company restored operations using backup data, but they were unable to determine the specific data sets that hackers exhilarated before encrypting the network. As a result, the consequences will likely continue, as those responsible try to extract financial value from their efforts.

Individual Risk: At this time, it’s unclear if personal data was compromised in the breach. However, employees and customers should be especially vigilant to monitor their accounts and messages for unusual activity.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: As companies battle to remain productive and profitable during the COVID-19 crisis, ransomware remains a constant threat to both priorities. Now, more than ever, every company needs to ensure that its defensive posture is ready to address this growing threat.