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Ransomware virus paralyzed the work of the Royal Mail of Great Britain - Russian hackers were accused of the attack.

Published: 2023-01-13

As a result of an attack by a Lockbit ransomware virus, Royal Mail of the United Kingdom was temporarily unable to process international shipments - more than half a million parcels and letters were left in limbo. According to investigators, Russian hackers are to blame for the incident.

A ransomware virus with the Lockbit signature encrypted files on computers in the Royal Mail infrastructure and displayed a ransom message on their screens for decrypting the files. The attack used a subspecies of Lockbit Black malware that infected machines used by the postal operator to print customs labels on mail sent abroad, sources familiar with the investigation said. The attackers also threatened to publish data stolen from computers on the website on the dark web.

A message demanding payment of a ransom is not only shown on the monitors of infected machines, but also printed out - this has been seen in at least one distribution center located in the Northern Irish city of Mallusk near the regional capital of Belfast. The incident is being investigated by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), and the Royal Mail is being helped by the National Cyber Security Centre.