Sandhills Global

Exploit: Ransomware @ Sandhills Global: IT & Digital Publishing
Risk to Business: Extreme

Digital publishing giant Sandhills Global was shut down this week by a ransomware attack. The company handles trade magazines and websites for major publications in the transportation, agricultural, aerospace, heavy machinery and technology industries. Publications that Sandhills produces include Tractor House, Machinery Trader, Machinery Trader Auction Results, Truck Paper, Rental Yard, and AuctionTime, as well as Controller, Executive Controller, and Charter Hub, are among its trade magazines. Sandhills Global website, as well as all their hosted publications, went offline recently, and their phones stopped working after a successful ransomware attack purportedly by Conti. Investigation of the breach and restoration of the impacted sites is underway.

Individual Impact: No consumer PII or financial data loss was disclosed in this breach as of press time.

Stress on your Business: Data is of immense value to cybercriminals in the booming dark web data markets, and by scooping it up at service providers like publishing companies they can ensure that they profit even if no ransom is paid.

How Sieve can help: Two in five ransomware victims in 2020 were SMBs. No business is safe from this menace. Call Sieve today to enhance your security.

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