Hong Kong tech hub Cyberport alerts police, privacy watchdog after reports of ransomware attack exposing 400GB of data
Hong Kong tech hub Cyberport has alerted police and the city’s privacy watchdog about a cybersecurity breach after a ransomware group reportedly claimed it had gained access to more than 400GB of organisational data.
Without naming anyone, Cyberport on Wednesday night said it condemned the attack by an unauthorised third party which had gained accessed to part of its computer system, adding it had already taken swift action after discovering the intrusion earlier in the day.
The incident was first disclosed on Tuesday by the cybersecurity information platform FalconFeedsio, which said on social media that ransomware group Trigona had added Cyberport to its victim list.
The ransomware group claimed that it had gained access to more than 400GB of organisational data, according to the social media post. The hacker also offered to sell the data for US$300,000 (HK$2.35 million).
The tech hub said it had shut down the affected computer equipment as well as conducted a prompt and thorough investigation with the help of independent and external cybersecurity experts.
It said it had reported the case to police, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data and relevant departments. It also pledged to fully cooperate in the investigations.
But Cyperport did not confirm the scale of the data breach.
The business park said it would strengthen its systems, notify affected parties and provide all necessary assistance, as well as set up a dedicated email to handle enquiries in relation to the incident.
With government funding, Cyberport provides capital, office space and access to technology to help local start-ups get off the ground.