[BreachExchange] Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay

Destry Winant destry at riskbasedsecurity.com
Mon Apr 13 10:11:39 EDT 2020


Internal confidential documents belonging to some of the largest
aerospace companies in the world have been stolen from an industrial
contractor and leaked online.

The data was pilfered and dumped on the internet by the criminals
behind the DoppelPaymer Windows ransomware, in retaliation for an
unpaid extortion demand. The sensitive documents include details of
Lockheed-Martin-designed military equipment – such as the
specifications for an antenna in an anti-mortar defense system –
according to a Register source who alerted us to the blueprints.

Other documents in the cache include billing and payment forms,
supplier information, data analysis reports, and legal paperwork.
There are also documents outlining SpaceX's manufacturing partner

The files were siphoned from Visser Precision by the DoppelPaymer
crew, which infected the contractor's PCs and scrambled its files.
When the company failed to pay the ransom by their March deadline, the
gang – which tends to demand hundreds of thousands to millions of
dollars to restore encrypted files – uploaded a selection of the
documents to a website that remains online and publicly accessible.

Visser is a manufacturing and design contractor in the US whose
clients are said to include aerospace, automotive, and industrial
manufacturing outfits – think Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Tesla, Boeing,
Honeywell, Blue Origin, Sikorsky, Joe Gibbs Racing, the University of
Colorado, the Cardiff School of Engineering, and others. The leaked
files relate to these customers, in particular Tesla, Lockheed Martin,
Boeing, and SpaceX.

When asked about the dump, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told us: "We
are aware of the situation with Visser Precision and are following our
standard response process for potential cyber incidents related to our
supply chain.

"Lockheed Martin has made and continues to make significant
investments in cybersecurity, and uses industry-leading information
security practices to protect sensitive information. This includes
providing guidance to our suppliers, when appropriate, to assist them
in enhancing their cybersecurity posture."

Why is ransomware still a thing? One-in-three polled netizens say they
would cave to extortion demands

Visser Precision did not respond to a request for comment on the leak.
Tesla, SpaceX, and Boeing did not respond either.

This is not the first time the DoppelPaymer crew has publicly shared
stolen confidential data after a victim failed to pay the ransom
demands. In fact, the crooks have a regularly updated website full of
internal documents belonging to organizations that didn't cough up,
though admittedly most are significantly less interesting than the
Visser Precision cache.

The dumps are intended to scare others who are infected with the
ransomware into paying the group's demands. The Register will not be
linking to the site.

For what it's worth, the DoppelPaymer gang vowed to lay off attacking
hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. Whether or not this promise
was honored is another question.

While law enforcement agencies and security experts uniformly agree
that paying a ransom demand is a bad idea and poor substitute for
keeping offline backups and properly securing data, some experts have
conceded that, when it's your corporate data on the line, caving in
and paying up can be an option. ®

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