The Royal Ransomware gang claimed responsibility for a ransomware attack against telecommunications company Intrado on Tuesday. While Intrado has yet to share any information regarding this incident, BleepingComputer reports the attack started early in December and the initial ransom demand was $60 million. Royal is believed to be a rebrand of Conti ransomware after the group split following internal disagreements over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Although the ransomware gang has not yet leaked all of the files allegedly exfiltrated from Intrado’s network, they did share a 52.8 MB archive containing scans of passports, business documents, and driver’s licenses as proof of the breach. The date of the initial breach coincides with a widespread outage that impacted all of Intrado’s services, including Unified Communication Services, Healthcare, and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS). However, while Intrado has restored most of the affected services, the company was still working on fully restoring services to healthcare providers one week ago. Intrado also provides telecommunications services for 911 calls, but there was no reported disruption of 911 services due to the breach.
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