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Law Firm Shook Lin & Bok hit by ransomware Attack

Singapore: Law firm Shook Lin & Bok was hit by a ransomware attack in April. The incident was discovered on April 9 and the law firm said it immediately engaged a cyber security team.

So far there is no evidence that the firm's core document management systems, which contain client data, were affected, the statement read.

The firm continues to operate as per usual. It is also working closely with cyber security teams and other specialists to minimize the impact to its client and stakeholders arising from the "illegal cyber intrusion".

According to an article on SuspectFile, which calls itself an independent website focusing on the ransomware phenomenon, Shook Lin & Bok paid a ransom of US$1.4 Million in Bitcoin to the Akira ransomware group.

"The government strongly disagree victims from paying ransom, as there is no guarantee that locked data will be encrypted or that stolen data will not be used for malicious purposes once ransom has been paid." its spokesperson said in a statement to CNA.

Shook Lin & Bok did not respond to questions about whether it paid the ransom and how much it paid. But, CNA understands the firm has made a police report.

"All steps taken thus far in response to the illegal cyber intrusion and steps that we intend to take in future are and will be done with the best interest of our clients and stakeholders at the forefront of our considerations," it said in its statement.

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