Just like other ransomware operator groups such as Maze, DopplePaymer, REvil, etc. The trending ransomware operator group named Ako recently targeted a well-established supplier of machined components and leaked their confidential data online.
Jamestan Engineering LTD was been established in the year 1979. From then, they have been supplying precision machined components to a wide range of customers. Having a skilled workforce who are been coupled with regular investment in new machinery has resulted in the company being able to deliver quality products at the keen prices demanded in today’s market. Located by the bank of the River Torridge in a 10,000 Sq ft facility, Jamestan possesses the skills and equipment to satisfy one-off Tooling and Fixture requirements through to medium batch complex CNC Turn / Mill and 5 Axis Milled parts. The recent addition of 2 Citizen M32 sliding head lathes, has further enabled Jamestan to successfully compete for the production of small precision components in significant volume. Compliance with ISO9001:2008 and AS9100 Rev B provides customers with confidence that their business is being satisfied by a progressive, continually improving company.
Based on the information leaked, it appears that the negotiation between the ransomware operators and Jamestan Engineering failed, which made them leak some part of the data. The ransomware operators claim to have a large amount of company’s data, but as per now they just leaked a part of it. This small data leak from the large lot seems to be a warning for the company to accept the terms of the ransomware operators.
Below is the message posted by the Ako ransomware operators on their blog-:
The Cyble Research Team has verified and reported this data leak. The data leak includes the financial and highly sensitive corporate operational documents of the company such as transfer of contracts, customer order forms, monthly invoices, company’s equipment inspection documents, and many more. Below is the snapshot of the list of few files being leaked from the large lot-:
This is just a small picture of the Ako ransomware operations. Along with that, Cyble’s researchers verified and reported the names of five more victims who fell into their trap. The names of the remaining victims are listed below-:
- North Shore Pain Management
- ASU Inc
- GILMER – Independent School District
- The Pharmacy Westview
- Clark Partington
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