Russia-linked group behind UK Royal Mail cyber attack, says Telegraph

Royal Mail unable to despatch items to overseas destinations as of Thursday because of a Russia-linked ransomware group

 A postal worker makes a delivery in London (photo credit: REUTERS)
A postal worker makes a delivery in London
(photo credit: REUTERS)

A cyber incident that led to severe disruption to Royal Mail's international export services was caused by Lockbit, a ransomware group which some cybersecurity experts say has members in Russia, Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported.

Consequences for Royal Mail customers

Royal Mail, one of the world's largest post and parcel firms which serves thousands of businesses, was still unable to despatch items to overseas destinations as of Thursday, according to an update on its website following the incident, which it reported on Wednesday.

To prevent a build-up of export items in its network, the British postal company, which is part of International Distributions Services IDSI.L, has advised customers not to post international export items until further notice.

Royal Mail, which declined to comment on the Telegraph report, earlier said it had engaged external experts and notified security authorities as it investigates the incident.

Britain's Information Commissioner's Office said it would be making inquiries, while the National Cyber Security Centre said it was working with the company and the National Crime Agency to "fully understand the impact."

Cyber Hackers (credit: REUTERS)Cyber Hackers (credit: REUTERS)

Lockbit, which some cybersecurity experts say has members in Russia, also claimed to have attacked a French cosmetics firm called Nuxe, Le Parisien newspaper reported on Thursday.