The LockBit ransomware group, which claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on American multinational corporation Boeing on October 27, removed the aerospace giant’s name from its victim list just three days later.
The sudden disappearance of Boeing’s name from the list has led to doubts about the authenticity of the initial attack claims. However, it might also suggest that Boeing successfully negotiated a ransom with the cyber group.
Meanwhile, the threat actor had previously asserted that they plan to release the compromised data on November 2nd.
Boeing Cyberattack Claims by LockBit Ransomware Group
In their latest post, the LockBit ransomware group has taken down Boeing’s name from their list of victims. Before this, they had claimed to have extracted a significant amount of sensitive data, with intentions to release it publicly.
The multinational aerospace and defense corporation has not yet confirmed the occurrence of any Boeing cyberattack. A spokesperson from the organization mentioned, “We are assessing this claim,” via email, indicating the company’s cautious approach in addressing the situation.
Furthermore, both the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have refrained from providing official statements in response to inquiries regarding the alleged Boeing cyberattack claims, reported Cybersecurity Dive.
As of now, The Cyber Express has not received any official statements or responses from the involved parties, leaving the Boeing cyberattack claims in a state of uncertainty. This lack of verification raises questions about the legitimacy of the purported attack.
In a similar situation, the LockBit ransomware group has also claimed a cyberattack on Queretaro Intercontinental Airport on its dark web channel.
LockBit Ransomware Group’s Mysterious Disappearance and Modus Operandi
Adding to the Intrigue, LockBit has mysteriously removed all references to the alleged Boeing cyberattack claims from its data leak site. This unexpected action casts further doubt on the authenticity of the claims, potentially suggesting that the cyberattack might have been nothing more than a hoax.
In another situation, several social media users are suggesting that the Boeing might have paid the ransom to avoid their data getting published. However, nothing about the ransom getting paid have been published, leaving this claims stand unverified.
LockBit ransomware group, operating under the ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) model, has been an active player in the cyber world since at least 2020. The group’s malware has undergone several significant iterations, causing disruptions across various sectors.
Recently, Foremost Groups, Ltd fell victim to LockBit’s malicious activities, joining the growing list of organizations targeted by this cybercrime gang. Foremost Groups, Ltd has not disclosed whether they intend to meet the ransom demands.
The decision to pay a ransom is always complex, as it does not guarantee data recovery and can potentially embolden cybercriminals. As the investigation into the Boeing cyberattack claims continues, The Cyber Express is keeping a close look at any new developments and we’ll update this post once we have more information on the Boeing cyberattack claims
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