Ragnar Ransomware Operators Targets Birch Communications, One of Leading IT Firms Based in America

Once again, the Ragnar ransomware operators traps a big fish in their trap. In this instance, they targeted Birch Communications LLC which is the leading integrated cloud solutions provider.

Birch Communication was been founded in the year 1996. Birch Communications is an American provider of IP-based communications, network broadband, cloud computing, and information technology services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale business customers in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Founded in 1996 in the wake of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, several years later the company began acquiring other telecom companies in an effort to increase its network size and service offerings. Birch Communications raised $77.5 million in funding in 2011 and $110 million in funding in 2012 after it financed a new $90 million facility. Atlanta Business Chronicle named Birch one of Atlanta’s Top 50 Private Companies in 2013, and that year company revenues were approximately $207 million. Birch Communications also acquired Cbeyond in 2014for $323 million, which expanded Birch’s cloud service offerings. In September 2014, Birch announced that it had made 24 acquisitions, worth more than $500 million. Birch has regional operations centers in Atlanta, Macon, Georgia, and Emporia, Kansas with approximately 1,400 employees. Tony Tomae serves as Birch’s president and chief executive officer.

The ransomware operators have posted a list of files highly sensitive and confidential files and data of the company. As per the Cyble Research Team, the data breach attack may have taken place in the month of March 2020, and as the company could not make an agreement with the ransomware operators, this leads to the data leak of their database.

Below is the message posted by Raganr ransomware operators on their blog-:

Below are few snapshots from the large lot being leaked by the Ragnar ransomware operators-:

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