Posted on 06-04-2020.
Cybercriminals have broken into the computer network of Westech International, the United States military contractor, that provides engineering and maintenance support for the Minuteman III nuclear deterrent. The hackers reportedly stole confidential documents from the company and now demand that it pay a ransom. According to Sky News on June 3, the attack was most likely performed by Russian-speaking hackers, who encrypted Westech’s computers, obtained documents, and began to leak the information online.
“Primarily, the goal extends beyond the direct encryption of data local to the targeted environment. While that does occur, there is also functionality to exfiltrate files to remote resources under the attacker’s control. At this point, they can not only demand money to decrypt the data on compromised endpoints but also extort the victim in return for not leaking the exfiltrated data to the public.”In February, news came through about a data breach affecting five law firms in the U.S. Hackers demanded two separate ransoms of 100 Bitcoins from each firm. One would restore access to the data, and the other would buy the hackers’ promise to delete whatever info they’ve copied instead of selling it. All five hacks were attributed to a criminal group called Maze. The group would target companies and post their names on a website. If a company refuses to pay, the criminals start publishing portions of the stolen data until the ransom is paid. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and join our Telegram channel to know what’s up with crypto and why it’s important.