The malicious operator behind the LockBit ransomware is threatening to publish data relating to the site of the association in charge of managing funds collected for the benefit of Airbus Central Entity personnel. The impacts are limited to its computer network.
Large French companies are prime targets for cyberpirates. Airbus is no exception and was the victim of a large-scale cyberattack in early 2019. The air and defense giant was again targeted, however on a much smaller perimeter. The malicious operator behind Lockbit threatens to publish hacked and encrypted data in the event of non-payment of a ransom concerning the AISA site. This is the site of the works council of the aeronautical group allowing employees to benefit from advantageous rates for sports, cultural and leisure activities (badminton, chess, pétanque, martial arts, etc.).
Following this hack, the AISA website was temporarily unavailable but is now accessible again. “Dear friends, AISC/AISA is currently experiencing an IT problem: the IT servers are no longer operational. The resolution of this problem is in progress and should take a few days”, indicated a few days ago Jean-Claude Mamar, founder and executive president of AISA in a post on the site. The cybergang behind this hack a countdown and indicates the date of October 11, 2021 18:46:00 (time zone not specified) to carry out its threat: “All available data will be published! “.
An impact limited to this entity independent of Airbus
Contacted for clarification, an Airbus spokesperson told us that the Airbus central entity works council informed the group on October 5, 2021 of an IT security incident and that an investigation has been launched. “The AISC servers were shut down as soon as the incident was discovered. All existing interconnections with Airbus have been identified and terminated. There is no impact on Airbus. AISC is an independent entity from Airbus and as such has its own dedicated network, separate from Airbus IM and managed by AISC suppliers. Airbus employees have been informed and their privacy is a priority for us”.