Swiss helicopter maker Kopter affected by ransomware attack:


On Dec 5 A ransomware attack has affected Switzerland-based helicopter maker Kopter after hackers broke into the company’s internal network, reported on Saturday.

The hackers also encrypted the company’s files and published a variety of them online on Friday after Kopter refused to interact with the cyber criminals, said the report.

A blog operated by the ransomware gang LockBit published the files which included various aerospace and defense industry standards, besides documents related to the company’s business and internal projects.

The blog is hosted on the dark web.

Kopter has not yet publicly disclosed the details about the attack. But the operators of the LockBit ransomware claimed that they breached Kopter’s network last week, according to the report.

The hackers claimed that they broke into the company’s network by taking advantage of a weak password employed by a VPN appliance.

The report comes when ransomware attacks have remained a persistent problem during the pandemic.

Ransomware gangs are reportedly now using new tactics like cold-calling to pressurize victims to make payments if the targeted organizations attempt restoration from backups.

In this case the ransomware group appears to be trying to pressurize the victim by leaking some files on the online .

Italian aerospace and defense company Leonardo announced Earlier, this year that it acquired Kopter for an undisclosed sum.


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