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DoppelPaymer Ransomware Hits Masterchef, Big Brother Producer

by Abeerah Hashim
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Another day, another ransomware attack has surfaced online. This time, it’s the French corporate giant Endemol Shine Group. Reportedly, the Masterchef, Big Brother producer firm has suffered an attack from the DoppelPaymer ransomware attack.

Masterchef, Big Brother Producer Suffered Cyberattack

In a recent security notice, Banijay Group, the parent firm behind the production and distribution entity Endemol Shine Group, has disclosed a cyber-attack.

The victim firm is a giant entertainment group having produced several popular programs, such as Big Brother, Masterchef, Fear Factor, Survivor, and more.

As per the details, the cyberattack has typically affected the Endemol Shine Group and Endemol Shine International networks. The incident has also resulted in the loss of data to the hackers, according to the firm.

The business has reason to believe certain personal data of current and ex-employees may have been compromised, as well as commercially sensitive information.

Whereas, the targeted regions include the Netherlands and the UK, for which, Banijay has informed the corresponding law enforcement authorities.

DoppelPaymer Ransomware Suspected

While Banijay hasn’t shared more details about the incident, DoppelPaymer ransomware gang has claimed the responsibility for it.

According to Bleeping Computer, the DoppelPaymer gang has shared numerous files stolen from Endemol Shine’s databases, as evidence. These even include some documents regarding the firm’s compliance with GDPR.

It’s presently unclear how the hackers managed to infiltrate the firm’s network, what ransom amount they have demanded, and whether or not Banijay would pay the ransom.

Yet, given the firm’s huge presence and DoppelPaymer’s history, it’s safe to presume a huge amount.

Earlier this year, DoppelPaymer targeted the paper-making division of Mitsubishi.

Whereas, recently, DoppelPaymer also hacked the Hall County Georgia systems. The incident not only disrupted their services, but the hackers also managed to steal voters’ data. The ransomware gang also leaked 1GB of voters’ data in unencrypted form defying the claims of no data loss.

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