Boeing Investigates LockBit Ransomware Claim
Boeing, the aerospace behemoth, is currently grappling with the aftermath of a cyberattack that targeted its parts and distribution operations. The LockBit ransomware group has taken credit for the breach, alleging that they infiltrated Boeing’s network and appropriated data. Despite these claims, Boeing maintains that the attack has not compromised flight safety and is in close cooperation with law enforcement and regulatory bodies to probe the incident.
The claims by LockBit surfaced on October 27th, with the group threatening to disclose the allegedly stolen data in five days unless Boeing initiated contact. The gang warned of releasing “a tremendous amount of sensitive data,” which they later retracted from their data leak site, often an indicator of ongoing negotiations or a resolved ransom situation.
LockBit has become infamously known since its emergence in September 2019, targeting several high-profile entities such as Continental, UK’s Royal Mail, Italy’s Internal Revenue Service, and the City of Oakland. The group has been implicated in extorting over $91 million from various U.S. organizations alone, with more than 1,700 reported attacks since 2020, according to a joint advisory by global cybersecurity authorities.
With over 140,000 employees in the United States and in 65 other countries, Boeing is a titan in the aerospace and defense industry, with its offerings encompassing commercial airliners, defense gear, and space technology. The company’s expansive footprint extends to clientele in more than 150 countries, signifying the potential scale of impact that a data breach of this nature could entail.