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Bose Says Personal Information Compromised in Ransomware Attack

Bose Corporation last week started sending out breach notification letters to inform some individuals of personal data being compromised in a cyberattack identified on March 7.

Bose Corporation last week started sending out breach notification letters to inform some individuals of personal data being compromised in a cyberattack identified on March 7.

Based in Framingham, Massachusetts, Bose is a company best known for its audio equipment, including home audio systems, headphones, automobile audio systems, and professional sound products.

The cyber incident, Bose says, resulted in ransomware being deployed across the company’s environment, and in systems being taken offline, to contain the attack.

After restoring its systems, Bose discovered that the attackers were able to access sensitive information, including the personal data of former employees.

“On April 29, 2021, Bose discovered that data from internal administrative human resources files relating to 6 former New Hampshire employees of Bose Corporation was accessed and potentially exfiltrated,” reads a copy of the notification letter filed with the New Hampshire Attorney General.

Personal information in those files, Bose reveals, includes names and social security numbers, along with compensation-related details, but the company is uncertain whether that data was indeed stolen or not.

“The forensics evidence at our disposal demonstrates that the threat actor interacted with a limited set of folders within these files. However, we do not have evidence to confirm that the data contained in these files was successfully exfiltrated, but we are also unable to confirm that it was not,” Bose says.

The company also notes that monitoring of the Dark Web hasn’t revealed indicators that the data is being shared between threat actors.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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