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Rogers victimized by ransomware

March 19, 2015

A misstep by an IT employee of Canadian communications conglomerate Rogers Communications allowed the contractual information of 50-70 of the company's business customers to be exposed via Twitter. On March 1, someone using the Twitter name @TeamHans posted a link to a zip file containing dozens of contracts for telecommunications services and personal email correspondence.

The  company admitted that a hacker had gained access to the email account of an enterprise sales employee through a phishing ploy aimed at someone on the company's support desk. Once the contractual details were breached, @TeamHans demanded Rogers pay 70 Bitcoins (about $19,000).

A Rogers spokesperson said that while “a small number of business agreements” had been exposed through the failed ransom attempt, “they do not contain personal or financial information.”

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