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Probiotic drink company Yakult Australia targeted by cyber criminal group

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Yakult Australia has been targeted by a cybercriminal group, with over 95GB of data stolen including passports and company contracts.

The company, which sells probiotic drinks, posted a statement on its website on December 23 announcing its Australian and New Zealand IT systems had been compromised.

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“We are working with cyber incident experts to investigate the extent of the incident,” it said.

“We are currently investigating which data and systems have been impacted.

“All our offices in Australia and New Zealand remain open and continue to operate.”

According to tech site Bleeping Computer, ransomware group DragonForce was behind the attack.

The group, which posted about the incident on its website, stole 95.19 GB of data which they claim comprised of “company database, contracts, passports and much more”.

Bleeping Computer analysed the data and said it also contained business documents, spreadsheets, credit applications and employee records.

Yakult Australia is manufactured in Dandenong, Victoria. Credit: Yakult Australia

Yakult Australia has notified the relevant authorities in both Australia and New Zealand, and said on its website that it is continuing to investigate what happened.

The product is manufactured locally at a factory in Dandenong, Victoria.

The popular probiotic drink was first sold in Japan in 1935 after being developed by microbiologist Doctor Minoru Shirota.

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