ALPHV attacks Wenn Townsend

Incident Date:

May 26, 2023

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ALPHV attacks Wenn Townsend


Wenn Townsend




Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

First Reported

May 26, 2023

Wenn Townsend Hit by Ransomware Attack

Wenn Townsend, an English accounting firm, has been hit with a ransomware attack. BlackCat ransomware group has claimed responsibility for the incident, posting Wenn Townsend to its dark web blog page on May 26. The ransomware gang has reportedly downloaded 250GB of data from company file servers, including:

  • Internal company data such as employee's personal data, CV’s, DL’s, ID’s, SSN’s,
  • Financial reports,
  • Insurance data,
  • Credit card information, and
  • Loan data.

But Wenn Townsend has not confirmed the attack, and it is as yet unclear how much money BlackCat is demanding for the safe return of data.

About Wenn Townsend

Wenn Townsend is an accounting firm based in Oxford, England. It was founded in 1876 and was a founding member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. It offers strategic partnership and advice, accounts, audits and compliance services, and day-to-day support for businesses.

BlackCat Ransomware Group

BlackCat, also known as ALPHV, is a ransomware operation that first surfaced in November 2021. It is a possible rebrand of the DarkSide ransomware gang, which was responsible for the infamous Colonial Pipeline incident in 2021. BlackCat is somewhat of a pioneer in ransomware circles, hosting their data leak site on the public internet rather than the dark web.

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