Notorious LockBit ransomware operators claim to have stolen sensitive data from SpaceX, in what appears to be a supply chain attack.
As reported by Security Affairs, the group breached the systems of Maximum Industries, a full-service, piece-part manufacturing and contract manufacturing company that also serves SpaceX.
For the (few) uninitiated, SpaceX is the American spacecraft manufacturer and satellite communications company founded by eccentric billionaire Elon Musk. It became famous after successfully building rockets that can land back on Earth, saving the space industry billions of dollars.
Thousands of drawings
According to LockBit, Maximum Industries has now been hacked, providing the hackers with some 3,000 “drawings certified by SpaceX engineers.”
“I would say we were lucky if SPACE-X contractors were more talkative. But I think this material will find its buyer as soon as possible,” read a post on LockBit’s Tor Leak site.
It continued: “Elon Musk, we will help you sell your drawings to other manufacturers – build the ship faster and fly away. and now about the numbers: about 3,000 drawings certified by space-x engineers”.
LockBit claims the data will be for sale through auction within a week, in an effort to extract the maximum value from the stolen files. However, it is difficult to determine what the database actually contains, as there is no preview and both SpaceX and Maximum Industries are silent.
LockBit is one of the most popular ransomware (opens in new tab) variants out there. In its four years of existence, it managed to compromise more than 600 companies and put their sensitive data on its site. While not all targets are high-profile, LockBit has had a few big “hits” recently, including the Port of Lisbon and the LA Housing Authority.
Via: Security Matters (opens in new tab)