Scottish firm Patten & Prentice hit by cyber attack
Scottish law firm Patten & Prentice Solicitors has allegedly been hit with a cyber attack that we understand to be a REvil group ransomware attack, with a screenshot posted on the dark web of the Greenock-based firm’s internal folder structure.
We have shared the information sent to us with the firm’s managing partner Ken Caldwell, who told Legal IT Insider: “We’re aware of the ongoing situation and are taking appropriate action with our security experts.” The firm’s website was up as normal at the time of publishing.
The REvil group is behind the ongoing ransomware attack on New York law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.
The attack in that case has garnered worldwide attention thanks to it’s A-list client base, which includes Madonna, Lady Gaga, Barbara Streisland and Sir Elton John.
While it is not known what the attackers are demanding from Grubman Shire, in that case they have threatened to publish the contracts, telephone number, emails and personal correspondence of the stars named above.
Patten & Prentice is a small law firm that focuses on property; court work; wills; trusts & incapacity; tax; commercial and family work. Within the ‘our people’ section of its website it lists 11 people.
Brett Callow, a threat analyst with cybersecurity company Emsisoft said: “Cybercrime, and ransomware in particular, is becoming ever more problematic. We estimate that in 2019, ransomware attacks cost the US economy $9.2 billion, the US economy $1.8 billion and the global economy $169 billion. And $25 billion of the global total is going straight to criminal enterprises in the form of ransomware demands. The enormous financial incentive coupled with the fact there is a near-zero chance (there’s actually a 0.05% chance) of the perpetrators being prosecuted, means that attacks such as this will become more and more frequent and more and more sophisticated.”