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Snap-on Tools Hit by Cyberattack Claimed by Conti Ransomware Gang

Conti ransomware gang claimed responsibility for cyberattack on Wisconsin-based tool maker

Conti ransomware gang claimed responsibility for cyberattack on Wisconsin-based tool maker

High-end tools manufacturer Snap-on is notifying employees that some of their personal information might have been compromised in a recent data breach.

The maker of tools and equipment for automotive, aviation, marine, railroad, and heavy duty industries fell victim to a cyberattack in early March, when it was forced to take down parts of its network.

“Since the event, we have continued to pursue our commercial activities, restoring our connections as system interfaces are cleared. Plants have been running, customer-facing applications are working, and we continue to communicate with impacted stakeholders,” the company says in a note on its website.

Snap-on also notes that it has launched an investigation into the incident immediately after discovering it, and that it does not believe the attack has a “significant effect” on the company’s business.

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In a data breach notification letter sent to employees, a copy of which was submitted to the California Attorney General’s Office, Snap-on revealed that the incident did result in the exposure of personal information.

Potentially compromised data, the company says, includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and employee identification numbers.

Snap-on did not provide specific information on the type of cyberattack it fell victim to, but the Conti ransomware gang has claimed responsibility for the attack.

On their leaks website on the Tor network, the cybercrime group has already published roughly 5.7 gigabytes of data allegedly stolen from Snap-on, saying that it represents 60% of the total data exfiltrated from the company.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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