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WA government insurance claim data potentially stolen by ransomware gang AlphV in law firm hack | #ransomware | #cybercrime

The WA government has been caught up in the hacking of a major law firm by a notorious Russian cybercriminal group with information from more than 300 motor vehicle insurance claims potentially stolen.

Earlier this month ransomware gang AlphV claimed to have published a trove of data from national law firm HWL Ebsworth on the dark web.

In a statement to the ABC, the Insurance Commission of WA (ICWA) confirmed it was among the firm’s clients and may have had its data compromised, but is being blocked from assessing for itself whether that’s the case.

The Commission provides insurance for all cars registered in WA, as well as self-insurance for the government including workers’ compensation, property and liability.

“The details of the data that has been accessed are not yet known and these are part of live investigations the Insurance Commission is actively supporting,” an ICWA spokesperson said in a statement.

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AlphV claimed it had taken terabytes worth of HWL Ebsworth’s data in April, including internal company information, financial and insurance data, credit card information, agreements and reports.

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