October 3, 2023

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Ransom demanded for hacked Sobeys/IGA data

Ransom demanded for hacked Sobeys/IGA data

The parent company of the IGA brand has still not confirmed anything, but Sobeys is in the grip of ransomware, which prevents it from functioning properly and accessing some of its confidential data, an American specialized site reports.

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According to the site, the black bag group of hackers attacked Empire, the company that oversees Sobey’s, IGA, Rachel Berry, Marches Tradition and Marche Bonnychoix. Bleeping computer.

Screenshots were also published where we can see the ransom demand of the kidnappers.

“Your data has been stolen and encrypted”, can we read.

The images are said to be from Empire employees News magazine Could not confirm.

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Omerta, but…

Sobeys said it has been experiencing “computer issues” since Nov. 4 that, among other things, are complicating the ordering process for retailers in the chain.

The company declined to say whether it had been attacked. It suggests that this is still happening Log Many chain employees this week.

The hackers also demanded a ransom of 500 bitcoins ($11.2 million), which Sobeys refused to answer.

However, the company declared the privacy incident to the Commission d’acès à l’information du Québec on Thursday, which has launched an analysis of the file.

That’s what happened with a similar commission in Alberta, The Canadian Press reported.

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In Quebec, companies must report data breaches since Bill 25 came into effect on September 22.

A “privacy incident” always involves personal information.

Sobeys has been silent for 7 days which is to be known.