THE UK'S LARGEST LAW FIRM has started legal proceedings against its insurer after it refused to pay out over NotPetya, claiming the attack was an "act of war".
DLA Piper is just one of the thousands of victims of the NotPetya ransomware; shipping firm Maersk lost $300m as a result of the attack, and TNT Express suffered permanent data loss as a result.
In the case of DLA, 2017's NotPetya attack wiped out all emails and telephones for 3,600 lawyers in 40 countries for two days, for two days, leaving lawyers unable to access systems. It was reportedly forced to wipe its systems and start from scratch, which saw its IT staff work 15,000 hours of overtime.
This, as you'd expect, will have been a costly process, so it's no surprise that DLA Piper has attempted to claim back some of that expense from its insurers, Hiscox.
According to The Times (paywalled), however, the insurance firm is refusing to pay the claim, which is said to amount to "several million pounds", because of the "act of war" exclusion clause commonly found in insurance policies; the UK government has repeatedly blamed Russia of behind the "devastating" attack.
However, a source close to Hiscox said that the dispute centred on the type of insurance cover the law firm had.
DLP refused to comment but has reportedly started legal proceedings against its insurer.
Hiscox's refusal to cough-up comes just weeks after Zurich Insurance refused to pay confectionary giant Mondalez's its $100m claim for damages caused by the 2017 NotPetya attack.
It also claimed the attack was "an act of war" and therefore not covered under its policy, despite the Mondalez policy covering "all risks of physical loss or damage" as well as "physical loss or damage to electronic data, programs, or software, including loss or damage caused by the malicious introduction of a machine code or instruction." µ
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