Apollo Tyres allegedly breached by NetWalker

According to one of the research reports, the cost of data breach for Indian companies rose by 9.4% in the year 2020 as compared to last year. Adding to it, since 2016 India has been the second most affected country by cyberattacks around the globe.

Recently, the Cyble Research Team came across the post in which the Netwalker ransomware operators claimed to have breached Apollo Tyres Ltd – the world’s seventh-largest tyre manufacturer having over 16000 employees and earning annual revenue of around $2.46 billion. It has a network of nearly 5,000 dealerships in India, of which over 2,500 are exclusive outlets.

Netwalker operators have claimed the attack through the message posted on their online blog-:

Operators have also shared a few screenshots to support their claim in which you can spot folders such as budgets, users, projects, inventory count, audit reports, and much more. Below are the snapshots of the sample of the data leak of Apollo Tyres Ltd.

It seems that the Netwalker ransomware group would tend to publish company’s sensitive data within a period of 6 days.

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 above mentioned prevention methods and never pay the ransom.

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