Hackers Expose ZircoDATA’s Underbelly in Brazen Ransomware Scheme 

How a data management firm fell victim to cybercriminals' dirty tactics

Australian data management firm ZircoDATA recently found itself in the crosshairs of the notorious Black Basta ransomware group. In a brazen scheme likely aimed at extorting a hefty Bitcoin payment, Black Basta claims to have stolen nearly 400GB of sensitive internal documents and personal customer data.

On February 22nd, the group publicized the attack on the dark web, setting a ransom deadline of March 1st. They backed up the claims by leaking passport scans, Australian immigration cards containing ID numbers, and other identifying documents on various ZircoDATA executives and partners. Additional file directories purportedly containing further sensitive data were showcased.

Hackers Expose ZircoDATA’s Underbelly in Brazen Ransomware Scheme

ZircoDATA has acknowledged the cyber incident and ensuing data breach. While still investigating, the company says it has seen no evidence yet that private customer information was compromised. ZircoDATA has also notified appropriate law enforcement channels and government regulators.




As a provider of information management and data services with over 9000 business customers, ZircoDATA handles troves of sensitive documents and records. Everything from financial filings to confidential agreements to identity credentials could be weaponized if leaked by hackers.

The extortion tactic of public data exposure to spur ransom payments has become a common play for cutthroat cyber gangs like Black Basta. Even if no customer data was actually compromised, the reputational damage and disruption of a public attack can incentivize payoffs.

For ZircoDATA and companies like it that traffic in managing data, such an incident highlights the ironies and intensifying risks of the modern cyber landscape. Firms dedicated to governing information for clients make prime targets for those who wish to sow informational chaos and dysfunction. An enterprise’s own data vulnerabilities have become fair game.

The unfolding situation serves as a sobering case study for enterprises handling internal documents, customer data, or identity credentials. It’s a reminder that no company, even those explicitly focused on data handling, are immune to the rapidly escalating threats of ransomware schemes preying on proprietary information stockpiles. The virtual treasure troves are proving too enticing for cyber gangs to resist.