Global consulting firm Accenture has been targeted by the LockBit ransomware group, which is said to be threatening to publish encrypted data it has taken from the company.

“Through our security controls and protocols, we identified irregular activity in one of our environments,” Ireland-based Accenture was quoted as saying by IT sector news website CRN.

“We immediately contained the matter and isolated the affected servers. We fully restored our affected servers from back up. There was no impact on Accenture’s operations, or on our clients’ systems.”

The Lockbit group has reportedly claimed it has stolen more than 6TB of “top secret” data from the company and is demanding a $50m (€42.8m) ransom. Accenture declined to comment on what data, if any, was exfiltrated.

This latest data breach comes soon after the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) issued an alert about LockBit 2.0 after an increase in reports from organisations in the country’s professional services, construction, manufacturing, retail and food sectors impacted by the ransomware.

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