Accenture restores affected systems after reported ransomware attack

FILE PHOTO: Visitors look at devices at Accenture stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
FILE PHOTO: Visitors look at devices at Accenture stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

August 11, 2021

(Reuters) – Accenture said it has fully restored certain affected systems, after a CNBC reporter tweeted https://twitter.com/EamonJavers/status/1425476619934838785 of a hacker group saying it attacked the IT consulting firm using LockBit ransomware and threatened to release the data in several hours.

“Through our security controls and protocols, we identified irregular activity in one of our environments. We immediately contained the matter and isolated the affected servers,” Accenture said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We fully restored our affected systems from backup, and there was no impact on Accenture’s operations, or on our clients’ systems.”

Accenture provides management and technology consulting services to clients including e-commerce giant Alibaba, Cisco and Alphabet Inc’s Google, according to their 2020 annual report.

(Reporting by Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi and Devika Syamnath)