Aerospace giant Boeing is “assessing the claim” as the date of publication counts down following the hack.
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LockBit 3.0 has updated its darknet leak site, claiming to have successfully exfiltrated a large amount of data from Boeing.
The post is dated 27 October and features a countdown clock to when the data will be published, on 2 November.
While Lockbit typically posts some limited data as proof of hacking, this time, the ransomware gang has refrained from sharing any details of the hack other than its apparent size.
“A tremendous amount of sensitive data was exfiltrated and ready to be published if Boeing do not contact within the deadline!” Lockbit said.
“For now we will not send lists or samples to protect the company BUT we will not keep it like that until the deadline.”
Lockbit’s leak site is either being hit by traffic from interested parties or coming under DDoS attack, as its DDoS protections are being engaged as of writing, making it hard to confirm. Threat tracking site Falcon Feeds has seen the post, however.
According to Reuters, Boeing is aware of the hack and is pondering its next move.
“We are assessing this claim,” a Boeing spokesperson told Reuters via email. A Boeing Asia-Pacific spokesperson shared the same comment with Defence Connect sister brand Cyber Daily.
Lockbit is a prolific ransomware gang and, until recently, was the number one ransomware operator in the world in terms of discrete attacks. In October alone, it claimed dozens of victims across all industries and countries.
Lockbit is also the operator behind the now infamous Pareto Phone hack, which saw the data from a raft of charity organisations leaked onto the darknet in August, leading to the company going out of business this month.
Boeing, an American multinational corporation, is considered an Australian defence prime because the company designs, manufactures, and supplies aircraft, missiles, rockets, satellites, and telecommunications technology for the international defence industry market.
This article was updated at 12.03pm, 28 October, with reference to Boeing’s commentary.