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Ransomware group claims to have hit Eden Park caterer | #malware | #ransomware | #hacking | #aihp

A ransomware gang claims to have hacked trans-Tasman hospitality company O’Brien Group, which provides the catering at Auckland’s Eden Park stadium and operates several major stadiums in Australia.

A posting by the gang indicated that Melbourne-based O’Brien Group had been targeted by Lockbit 3.0 ransomware and that its computer files had been dumped online.

Stuff has not accessed the files but their titles indicated they contained operational and financial information including payroll data.

O’Brien Group declined an invitation to comment.

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A spokesperson for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said it had no record of O’Brien Group reporting a data breach.

Lockbit ransomware was used in a spate of attacks on New Zealand businesses last year.

Brett Callow, a Canadian-based threat analyst at New Zealand cyber-security company Emsisoft, said Lockbit was one of the most active ransomware operations.

A partial screenshot of the attack notice posted by the Lockbit gang, which identified O’Brien Group as the victim.


A partial screenshot of the attack notice posted by the Lockbit gang, which identified O’Brien Group as the victim.

“It’s a RaaS, or ‘ransomware-as-a-service’ operation which means that the people who created the ransomware ‘rent’ it to the people who carry out the attacks and those people could be based anywhere – perhaps even in New Zealand or Australia,” he said.

“In this case, LockBit is claiming to have released all the data which was allegedly stolen. When data is released, it usually means the company refused to pay the ransom demand.”

The facilities O’Brien Group operates in Australia include AAMI Stadium Melbourne, Brisbane’s Suncorp and Gabba stadiums and the Adelaide Showground.

It also owns a portfolio of boutique hotels.

Correction: a previous version of this story described O’Brien Group as the operator of Eden Park stadium. The company owns the stadium’s catering businesses, but does not run all the stadium’s operations. Amended 2.28pm 10 August, 2022.

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