A data security incident at Teaneck-based IT services company Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. is causing service disruptions for its clients, the company announced Saturday.
“Our internal security teams, supplemented by leading cyber defense firms, are actively taking steps to contain this incident. Cognizant has also engaged with the appropriate law enforcement authorities,” the company reported. “We are in ongoing communication with our clients and have provided them with Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) and other technical information of a defensive nature.”
The company did not report how many customers were affected.
The incident is the result of a Maze ransomware attack which, “not only spreads across a network, infecting and encrypting every computer in its path, it also exfiltrates the data to the attackers’ servers where it is held for ransom. If a ransom isn’t paid, the attackers publish the files online,” according to tech media website TechCrunch. “However, a website known to be associated with the Maze attackers has not yet advertised or published data associated with Cognizant.”
In December, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned businesses of an increase in Maze-related ransomware incidents, which began hitting U.S. businesses in November.
A representative for Cognizant told NJBIZ via email that the only statement the company was making on the matter is the one available on its website.