The infamous Russian hacking group, Lockbit, which caused disruptions for Royal Mail earlier this year, has now claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on Sabena Engineering, a Belgian aerospace firm contributing to the supply of fighter jets to Ukraine. Lockbit, known for previous attacks on major entities such as Boeing and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, has listed Sabena Engineering as a victim on its website.
The hacking group typically employs ransomware to encrypt computer files and demands payment in cryptocurrency for data release. Sabena Engineering, involved in providing technical and engineering support for F-16 fighter jet deliveries to Ukraine, is now facing the threat of data exposure unless a ransom is paid.
Sabena Engineering has refrained from commenting on the claims made by the Lockbit gang, which has a history of close ties to Russia. Lockbit previously disrupted the operations of Royal Mail by infecting label printing machines used for overseas parcel shipments. The hacking group demanded a £66 million payment from Royal Mail, which was refused.
Sabena Engineering, engaged in plans to supply fighter jets to Ukraine along with other NATO allies, now finds itself targeted by cybercriminals with potential geopolitical implications, as the Lockbit gang threatens to publish sensitive data on November 26 unless their ransom demands are met.
Lockbit’s modus operandi involves targeting high-profile entities and utilizing ransomware to extort payments in cryptocurrency. The group’s ability to operate within the borders of former Soviet countries has been a subject of their boastful claims.
The cyberattack on Sabena Engineering underscores the growing threat of cybercrime to critical infrastructure and defense-related industries, emphasizing the need for heightened cybersecurity measures in the face of evolving and sophisticated hacking tactics.