Cybersecurity company BetterCyber is reporting that the Abyss ransomware group is claiming to have hacked Melbourne-based aerospace and defense company L3Harris Technologies Inc. and stolen data related the company’s work on an Army communications system.
In a statement to FLORIDA TODAY, L3Harris said that, several weeks ago, it experienced an information-technology “system disruption that affected an isolated network at one location. The incident was immediately contained, and the system was secured.”
The statement said L3Harris “continuously validate information security approaches to detect, respond to and ultimately protect the integrity of company and customer data frameworks and architectures.”
An L3Harris spokeswoman said she could not comment on whether the company lost any data related to this incident, and that L3Harris would not have any additional comment beyond its prepared statement.
BetterCyber tweeted an image of what appeared to a blog post of some sort offering to sell to a “single buyer” data about L3Harris’ Wideband SATCOM Operations and Technical Support-2 program, under which the company offers technical support to the Army’s satellite communication systems.
BetterCyber did not immediately respond to FLORIDA TODAY’s request for more information.
Ransomware is a process that, in effect, holds a computer or computer system “hostage” by encrypting files and demanding payment to return control of the computer systems back to the owners.
It is not clear if hackers were in fact able to steal or otherwise compromise L3Harris’ data.
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The industrial cybersecurity company Dragos Inc. recently reported that “ransomware attacks continued to be a significant threat to industrial organizations and infrastructure in the first quarter of 2023. This trend underscores the growing sophistication and opportunism of ransomware groups.”
Dragos said it detected 214 ransomware incidents in the first quarter of 2023, a 13% increase from the previous quarter.
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Dragos reported that, during the first three months of 2023, 20 of the 61 ransomware groups that it tracks “caused significant damage to industrial organizations through the use of continually evolving tactics.” Among the 20 is Abyss, which Dragos said primarily targets North American manufacturing companies.
L3Harris has about 46,000 employees worldwide, including about 7,750 in Brevard County, making it Brevard’s third-largest employer, behind Health First and Brevard Public Schools. The L3Harris staff works on products for the space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. The company reported revenue of about $17.1 billion in 2022.
Emre Kelly contributed to this report. Contact Berman at email@example.com, on Twitter at @bydaveberman and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dave.berman.54
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