A Renowned French Engineering Company got allegedly targeted by the NetWalker Ransomware Operators – Data Leak

In today’s world, the Engineering and Construction companies have become prime targets for data breaches because not only do they have their own project data to protect, but also, they must guard their employees’ sensitive information. According to one of the data breach report, 33% of data breaches across all business sectors occur within the Engineering & Construction industry.

During our continuous darkweb and deepweb monitoring, the Cyble Research Team came across the data leak of Axens SA been published by the NetWalker ransomware operators.

Axens is a worldwide group that provides a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, for the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates as well as for gas treatment and conversion options. With around 1000 employees the company has been earning annual revenue of around $806.65 million.

Below is the message been posted by the NetWalker ransomware operators on their online blog-:

Currently, the ransomware operators have leaked a sample of the data leak which seems to include the company’s project documents, invoices, surveys reports, client details, financial documents, and much more. Below are the snapshots of the sample of the data leak of Axens SA.

Tips on how to prevent ransomware attacks –

  • Never click on unverified/unidentified links
  • Do not open untrusted email attachments
  • Only download from sites you trust
  • Never use unfamiliar USBs
  • Use security software and keep it updated
  • Backup your data periodically
  • Isolate the infected system from the network
  • Use mail server content scanning and filtering

It is recommended to follow the above-mentioned prevention methods and never pay the ransom.

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