The Travelex Group company is bureau on rendering financial services (money transfers, traveler's checks), the world's largest network of a currency exchange. Travelex Group - the world's largest supplier of complex non-bank financial services.
The company operates in more than 700 retail departments which are located at the airports, at railway stations, in seaports and also in the tourist centers and business centers.
2019: Termination of work because of cyber attack. Hackers demand the redemption in $6 million
At the end of December, 2020 on Travelex cyber attack which led to suspension of work of the world's largest network of a currency exchange was made. Hackers claim that they stole 5 Gbytes of "the valuable data of clients", and threaten to offer them for sale if they do not receive the redemption in the amount of $6 million by January 14, 2020.
| ||On Tuesday, December 31, Travelex detected a program virus which compromised some of our services. After detection of the malware as Travelex precautionary measure immediately disconnected all the systems to prevent further spread of a virus on network, the statement says.|| |
By January 13, 2020 systems remain blocked. Blocking of a computer network forced the staff of the company working in 70 countries of the world to return to manual accounting of currency exchange transactions and to refuse acceptance of bank cards. Besides, clients of Travelex cannot get the translations sent after December 31.
In the comment the CEO of Travelex Tony D'Souza apologized for the inconvenience and expressed a regret "due to the need of suspension of provision of services for the purpose of control of a virus and data protection".
According to BBC, Travelex computers were attacked by the Sodinokibi virus racketeer which ciphered data and interrupted work of the websites of the company more than in 20 countries. Responsibility for the attack was undertaken by the hacker REvil grouping. She demands the redemption in bitcoins and to make transfer via the website registered in China.
| ||If you do not cooperate with our service — for us it does not matter. But you will waste time and data because only we have a private key. In practice time is much more valuable than money — malefactors warned.|| |