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LockBit Ransomware Group Leaks Alleged Boeing Files After Cyberattack

The LockBit ransomware group has reportedly leaked gigabytes of files claimed to be stolen from aerospace giant Boeing.

The group initially named Boeing on its leak website, stating that a substantial amount of sensitive data had been taken, but later removed the company, suggesting negotiations had begun.

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However, Boeing was re-added to the LockBit website, and over 40 GB of archive and backup files have been made available for download, indicating the company’s refusal to pay the ransom.

Boeing has confirmed a cyberattack on parts of its distribution business but has not disclosed the extent of the potential data breach. The aerospace company emphasized that the incident does not pose a threat to aircraft or flight safety.

Many of the leaked files are associated with Aviall, a Boeing-owned aviation and aerospace component manufacturing company. Boeing acquired Aviall in 2006, and the files raise questions about the integration of the two companies’ networks over the past 17 years.

LockBit is known for actively targeting organizations across sectors and countries. According to a report from government agencies in North America, Europe, and Australasia earlier this year, the group received $91 million in ransom payments from US organizations alone. The incident highlights the ongoing challenges and risks posed by ransomware attacks on major corporations and critical industries.

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