Jan 10, 2020

Travelex staff forced to hand over laptops as virus fears grow

Travelex staff have been told to hand over their laptops as a cyber attack on the company affected its internal network, forcing the IT department to sift through electronics and urgently treat compromised hardware. London-based Travelex staff said they had been asked to hand over their company laptops for urgent virus scans to "Contain and limit" the attack. Any incomplete orders placed online or over the phone will be refunded by Travelex once the company fixes the issue, according to people briefed on the situation. Travelex confirmed on Tuesday that the hack had been caused by a Sodinokibi, or "REvil", ransomware virus. Travelex staff have described a strange atmosphere in the office, with one saying it felt "Like a gangster movie" and another claiming it had been "a strain" on the company's 4,400 UK employees.

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