Haldiram’s Confidential Data Stolen by Hackers; Demands ₹7.5 Lakh to Release the Data

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  • The company’s official found some traffic generating from servers, showing certain IP addresses.
  • By the time they realized about the attack, substantial data have already been stolen from the servers of the company.
  • The Noida Police have taken up the investigation and its Cyber Cell is working on the case.

The popular food and snack company Haldiram’s crucial data has been allegedly stolen by hackers. They have demanded Rs 7,50,000 for releasing the information which includes financial and sales details, according to Noida Police.

According to the FIR lodged at Sector 58 of Noida police station, the unidentified accused hacked the server of the company based in the industrial Sector 62 of Noida on the night of October 12 and 13.

The hackers may have stolen entire or substantial data of the company which runs several restaurants and outlets using a cyber malware popularly called ‘Ransomware Attack’.

The complaint made by a Haldiram’s official stated that an IT official of Haldiram’s consequently accessed the Firewall program on the company’s servers and found some traffic generating from servers, showing certain IP addresses.

Finally, the officials of the company found out that some program was being executed on the aforementioned servers and all the data of the company was being diverted from and going out from the servers of the company.

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Alerted by this, the said program was immediately terminated by the officials along with the connectivity to all systems at branch locations of the company.

“However, it is apprehended that till the said disconnection was undertaken by the officials, maybe the entire or substantial data may have already been stolen from the servers of the company,” the complaint stated.

Trend Micro, the company’s data security and cyber security firm, alleged that all files and sensitive data of the firm had been encrypted by the hacker, thereby, preventing its officials from interacting with their files, data, applications, and systems.

The hacker(s) have contacted company officials through certain servers and demanded a ransom of ₹7,50,000 in order to decrypt the servers of the company and delete the stolen data from their own systems.

The FIR has been lodged against unknown accused under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 384 (extortion) and under relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act, the police said.

The Noida Police said they have taken up the investigation and its Cyber Cell is working on the case.

About Haldiram’s: It is a major potato chips and Indian sweets and snacks manufacturer based out of Delhi and Nagpur. The company has manufacturing plants in a wide variety of locations such as Nagpur, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Rudrapur, and Noida.

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