LockBit [1] [2] [3] [4], a notorious ransomware group [3], claims to have successfully exfiltrated a significant amount of data from aerospace company Boeing. This breach has serious implications for Boeing, given its involvement with military clients and its role in building the new Air Force One planes [3].


LockBit [1] [2] [3] [4], known for its double extortion tactics [2], has updated its darknet leak site with a countdown clock [4], indicating that the data will be published on November 2nd. Unlike previous hacks, LockBit has not provided any details other than the size of the data. Boeing is aware of the breach and is currently assessing the claim [4]. The US Department of Justice has also targeted LockBit with arrests [2]. A report by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency reveals that 16% of all US government ransomware incidents in 2022 were linked to LockBit [2]. This breach is a departure from LockBit’s usual operations of targeting smaller organizations. Boeing is investigating how LockBit accessed their systems using a zero-day vulnerability [1], which, if true [1], could lead to increased phishing attacks and compromise customer data [1].


If sensitive data or defense contracts were included in the breach [2], Boeing’s reputation could be at risk [2]. This incident highlights the ongoing battle against cybercrime and emphasizes the need for organizations to remain vigilant in protecting their data and systems from sophisticated attackers [3]. Boeing must take immediate steps to mitigate the impact of this breach and strengthen its cybersecurity measures to prevent future attacks.


[1] https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/boeing-breached-ransomware-lockbit-gang-claims
[2] https://www.itpro.com/security/cyber-attacks/lockbit-claims-tremendous-boeing-breach-sets-deadline-for-data-leak
[3] https://www.computing.co.uk/news/4139753/lockbit-claims-theft-sensitive-boeing
[4] https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/air/13043-lockbit-ransomware-game-claims-boeing-data-breach