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Italy Ransomware Attacks: Three Companies Hit In 24 Hours

Cloud Europe, Mangimi Fusco, Francesco Parisi have been hit in a ransomware wave in Italy

by Krishna Murthy June 28, 2024

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Hackers have claimed three prominent cyberattacks in Italy in the last 24 hours. The Italy ransomware attacks were allegedly carried out by the RansomHub and RansomHouse groups. RansomHub targeted the websites of the Cloud Europe and Mangimi Fusco firms, while RansomHouse took credit for orchestrating a cyberattack on Francesco Parisi.

Details of Italy ransomware attacks

Cloud Europe is a Tier IV certified carrier-neutral data center located in Rome’s Tecnopolo Tiburtino. According to details on the company website, it specializes in the design and management of data centers, with particular attention to the problems of security and service continuity. The company builds, hosts and manages modular infrastructure for customer data centers in the private and public sectors.

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The threat actor RansomHub claimed to have encrypted the servers of Cloud Europe, exfiltrating more than 70 TB of its data.

“In addition, we have stolen over 541.41 GB of your sensitive data, obtained access to another company from your sensitive transformations,” RansomHub stated on its site.

The other company targeted by RansomHub is Mangimi Fusco, which is an animal food manufacturer. It also supplies farm products and raw materials to wholesale merchants. According to the ransomware group, it has stolen 490 GB of “Private and confidential data, client documents, budget, payroll, accounting, contracts, taxes, IDs, finance information, etc…we give you three days to come for negotiations.”

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Meanwhile, RansomHouse has allegedly breached the website of Francesco Parisi, which is a group of freight forwarding and shipping agents. It was established by Francesco Parisi in Trieste and has been operating in Central Europe since 1807. The group has around 100 employees and has a revenue of $13.7 million. The ransomware group claims that it stole 150 GB of the company’s data on May 29.

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Despite these claims, a closer inspection reveals that that the websites of Cloud Europe and Mangimi Fusco seem to be functioning normally, showing no signs of the ransomware attack as alleged by the threat actor.

However, Francesco Parisi has put up a disclaimer on its home site which reads, “Important notice: Hacker Attack. We are aware that are infrastructure was subjected to a hacker attack. We want to reassure our users, customers and suppliers that we have immediately taken the necessary measures to restore operations and protect their data. Safety is a top priority. We are working hard to investigate the incident and implement additional security measures to prevent future attacks. We apologize for any inconvenience this event may have caused. We will keep you informed of developments in the situation and will let you know as soon as we have further information. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for understanding.”

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Meanwhile, The Cyber Express has reached out to both Cloud Europe and Mangimi Fusco regarding the purported cyberattack orchestrated by the RansomHub group. However, at the time of publication, no official statements or responses have been received, leaving the claims of the ransomware cyberattack on these entities unverified.

Inglorious Past of RansomHub, RansomHouse

The origins of RansomHub trace back to February 2024, when it emerged as a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) on cybercrime forums. They employ sophisticated encryption techniques and target organizations predominantly in the IT & ITES sector. RansomHub has hackers from various global locations united by a common goal of financial gain. The gang openly mentions prohibiting attacks on non-profit organizations.

RansomHouse emerged in March 2022 and is labelled as a multi-pronged extortion threat. In the words of RansomHouse representatives, the group claims to not encrypt data and that they are ‘extortion only,’ claiming itself as a ‘force for good’ that intends ‘shine a light’ on companies with poor security practices. The group has been observed accepting only Bitcoin payments.

 

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