Belt Railway Company Investigates Data Theft

September 26, 2023


The largest switching and terminal railroad in the U.S. is investigating the theft of data by a ransomware group. Operating about 28 miles of railroads, the company allows its owners to bring their trains to the headquarters where they are separated and reorganized. They also provide services to more than 100 local manufacturing companies that ship products across North America.

On Thursday evening, the Akira ransomware gang added the company to its leak site, claiming to have stolen 85 GB of data.

Christopher Steinway, general counsel of Belt Railway, told Recorded Future News that it recently became aware that “a threat actor group posted on its website that it had obtained certain company information.”

“The event did not impact our operations. We have engaged a leading cybersecurity firm to investigate the incident and are working with federal law enforcement,” Steinway said.

“Our investigation remains ongoing.”

Incident Date

September 7, 2023

Estimated Cost

85 GB stolen

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source